Organised by FIP’s Academic Pharmacy Section, in collaboration with the Industrial Pharmacy Section, IPSF and the YPG
Health services and institutions, including community pharmacies, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry, produce masses of metabolic waste discharge in the dispensing, supply and disposal of medicines. Unfortunately, much of this waste is deposited into the environment, having detrimental impacts on water supply, soil, atmosphere and living organisms, and especially on sea life where we have seen cases of total population collapse.
Pharmacists must accept responsibility for changing the medication-use process so as to reduce the impact of pharmaceuticals on the environment. This session aims to raise awareness of the issue surrounding medical waste pollution, which, we believe, is the first step towards achieving green pharmacy. To start the session, the concept of green pharmacy will be introduced as well as the FIP report “Green pharmacy practice”, which is a comprehensive guidance and leadership resource. This will be followed by a presentation on the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals.
Another step towards addressing the problem of medicines waste in the environment is for academia to prepare student pharmacists to practise green pharmacy and be agents of change. This session therefore also includes a presentation on a sustainability pharmacy curriculum for student pharmacists. In addition, participants will learn how green pharmacy has been addressed in an exemplar sector of practice, the pharmaceutical industry. The risks to green pharmaceutical industrial practice will be highlighted, from the research and development stage through to manufacturing, marketing and sales. The actions that have been undertaken to manage those risks and the indicators that have been used to measure their success will also be discussed.
09:00 – 09:05 Introduction by the chairs
10:20 – 10:40 Coffee/tea break
11:50 – 11:55 Conclusion by the chairs
11:55 – 12:00 Room refresh
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Type of session: Knowledge-based