C5 - Adapting to change – Implications on the profession of pharmacy

Conference Hall B1

Organised by the FIP Congress Programme Committee


Lars-Åke Söderlund (Apoteket AB Healthcare, Sweden) and Betty Chaar (The University of Sydney, Australia)


Organisational, professional and cultural change is a force of nature, occurring as a result of evolution and advancement of the human race. However, change does not happen in a vacuum. For every incremental or major change in any aspect of the human condition, there is an accommodating effort to be exerted in order for it to be implemented successfully. Minor changes basically require regular but minimal effort in maintenance and upgrading. Major shifts, particularly over short periods, necessitate greater effort, insight and leadership to enable adaptation and functionality at a higher level.

The profession of pharmacy experienced a sudden and strong current of change when the Industrial Revolution took place in the late 1800s, rendering extemporaneous preparations of pharmaceutical medicines — the longstanding trademark of the profession, symbolised up to today with variations of the emblem of the mortar and pestle ― almost redundant. A strong current of professional change took place within a relatively short period. Today, we are looking at similar seismic change in pharmacy, from a long-standing supply model of industrially prepared pharmaceuticals to a care model. What are the consequences of powerful modern-day technology and innovation in healthcare, on the practice of pharmacy?


14:30 – 14:35 Introduction by the chairs

  1. 14:35 – 15:00 Emerging therapies and implications
    Bruno Sepodes (European Medicines Agency / University of Lisbon, UK / Portugal)
  2. 15:00 – 15:25 Implementing change in practice — Managing innovation in a brave new world
    Dixon Thomas (Gulf Medical University, UAE)
  3. 15:25 – 15:50 Clinical pharmacy of the new age ― What does it look like?
    Natalie Schellack (Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South-Africa)

15:50 – 16:10 Coffee/tea break

  1. 16:10 – 16:45 Pharmacy serving the community in the new age — What does it look like?
    Ines Krass (The University of Sydney, Australia)
  2. 16:45 – 17:20 Ethical implications and summary
    Betty Chaar (The University of Sydney, Australia)

17:20 – 17:25 Conclusion by the chairs

17:25 – 17:30 Room refresh

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the emerging trends in science and gene/cell therapy and how they will affect pharmacy
  2. Explain the new role of clinical pharmacy
  3. Describe the future role of community pharmacy, linked to the rapidly changing healthcare environment
  4. Describe the ethical implications for pharmacy when adapting to changes.

Type of session: Knowledge-based