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Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section

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Concern over pharmacist reimbursement for personalised medicines

How to reimburse pharmacists for supplying personalised medicines is a major challenge, according to Hae Mi Choe clinical associate professor at the the University of Michigan, USA. Dr Choe spoke at the SAPS-organised session on the ethics of individualised medicines at the 77th FIP congress, Seoul, Republic of Korea. While the promise of personalised medicine is to control health care costs and improve patient outcomes by using the right medicine for the right patient, the high upfront costs of screening and treatment pose a great challenge for our health care system today, she added.


About us and our objective

The Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section (SAPS) brings together FIP members from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some work in government departments of health, pharmaceutical companies, professional societies, chain pharmacies, wholesalers or with private healthcare providers such as health maintenance organisations. Others work as researchers in social pharmacy, academic administrators or consultants in various fields of health care. Our uniting interest is the organisation of pharmacy practice and the provision of evidence for decision-making in all areas related to pharmacy policy and advocacy.

Over recent years SAPS has built up special expertise in the following areas:

  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Outcomes research
  • Research administration
  • Quality assurance
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Quality-of-life studies
  • Epidemiology
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Professional society management
  • Evaluation research
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Health planning
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Health policy investigations

We invite new FIP members to take the opportunity to make an impact in a smaller FIP section, and current FIP members to choose SAPS as a second or third membership option.


How we work

Our Executive Committee currently consists of:


Dr Timothy F Chen (Australia)


Dr Katja M Hakkarainen (Sweden)


Dr Ola G. Al Ahdab (United Arab Emirates)


Dr Vaiyapuri  Subramaniam, (USA)

Immediate Past President

Dr Marion Schaefer (Germany)


Ms Silvana Nair Leite (Brazil)


Ms Tara Hehir (Australia)


Dr Cody Midlam (USA)


Mr Hiroshi Okada (Japan)


Mrs Yejide Oseni (Nigeria)


Dr Pamela Heaton (USA)

The current statutes of the Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section were adopted by the FIP Council on 28 August 2010.



FIP congress During the FIP congress we organise programmes and social events for our pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences members, often in cooperation with other FIP sections or working groups. SAPS sessions at the 2017 World congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Seoul, Republic of Korea, included:

  • Listen better, talk better — Skills to improve medicines taking
  • Individualised medicines: And ethical approach
  • Gene-based therapy 101
  • Healthy ageing
  • Patient safety: How resilient are your services?
  • Medicine shortages: The International Toronto Summit and beyond

SAPS sessions at the FIP congress in 2016 included:

  • How to achieve good public health across cultures
  • Strengthening the profession through great promotional campaigns
  • eHealth, mHealth, smart health
  • Big data: Beauty or beast?

Each year during the FIP congress we hold a business meeting where members can make contact, contribute thoughts, and influence the future development of the section.

Communication We publish our own section newsletter four times a year to keep members informed about SAPS activities between congresses.

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