B2 - Navigating changes in the scope of the pharmacist: Pharmacy as a gateway to care

Conference Hall A - Section B & C

Organised by the FIP Congress Programme Committee, in collaboration with FIP’s Academic Pharmacy Section, the Community Pharmacy Section and the Hospital Pharmacy Section


Michael Ward (University of South Australia, Australia) and Toyin Tofade (Howard University, USA)


“Pharmacy is changing from a product-focused profession to one that is patient-focused – a profession that works more collaboratively with patients and their other health care providers. The pharmacy profession can be considered a gateway to care, where pharmacists support individual patients in their self-care.” — International Pharmaceutical Federation

This session aims to illustrate changes in the scope of the pharmacist, to discuss the role of pharmacist in patients’ self-medication, and, through examples, to empower pharmacists to implement change in their practice setting. Through case studies, this session will explore new and emerging roles that pharmacists are fulfilling and describe how the challenges faced in the course of this journey have been navigated. Faced with the opportunity of expanding scope, it is vital that pharmacists continue retooling themselves for the ever-changing landscape of healthcare in order to maximise their potential contribution to supporting patient care.


09:00 – 09:05 Introduction by the chairs

  1. 09:05 – 09:30 New roles of pharmacists in France: Large-scale pilot on flu-vaccination by community pharmacists
    Carine Wolf-Thal (French Chamber of Pharmacists, France)
  2. 09:30 – 09:55 Interprofessional collaborative models: A patient-centred devolvement of care pathways between pharmacies and primary care health units in Figueira da Foz
    Suzete Costa (ANF-National Association of Pharmacies, Portugal)
  3. 09:55 – 10:20 Health literacy and medicines use
    Hsiang-Wen Lin (China Medical University, China Taiwan)

10:20 – 10:40 Coffee/tea break

  1. 10:40 – 11:15 Delivering care using a medication therapy management framework
    Abby Kahaleh (Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy, USA)
  2. 11:15 – 11:50 Experience exchange Working in pairs to develop personal plans

Facilitated by the chairs

11:50 – 11:55 Conclusion by the chairs

11:55 – 12:00 Room refresh

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify the role of pharmacists in the patient triage process, self-medication, and collaboration with other healthcare providers
  2. Identify varying approaches to changing the scope of pharmacy practice in your community
  3. Explain an approach to closing knowledge and skill gaps in the changing scope of the pharmacist.

Type of session: Knowledge-based