A1 - One step beyond new horizons in science, practice and education

Conference Hall B1

Organised by the FIP Congress Programme Committee


Ralph Altiere (University of Colorado Denver, USA) and Hiroshi Suzuki (The University of Tokyo, Japan)


The world of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science is constantly evolving. At times, new developments become “mainstream” almost overnight whereas in other cases, the new technology or philosophy takes longer to mature, be accepted and put into practice. Science and technology are often seen as primary drivers of change but educational practices also have changed considerably over the past 30 years, leading to changes in pharmacy practice, e.g., moving beyond the traditional roles in community and hospital into physician practices, telepharmacy, healthcare management and many other venues in order to be more accessible to patients and to provide more support to other healthcare professionals and the healthcare system. Advances in technology (e.g. enhanced connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence [AI], robotics) now present even greater challenges and opportunities to health professions, including pharmacy. The question is: how will pharmacists adapt to these new technologies and embrace the new opportunities they present to improve patient care, and how will these advances impact the interaction of pharmacists with other members of the healthcare team? This session aims to challenge our concepts about the future of pharmacy and to consider how our role will need to evolve.


14:30 – 14:40 Introduction by the chairs

  1. 14:40 – 15:15 New developments in science — Impact of technological advances in science on pharmacy practice and patient care
    Philippe Broët (University of Montreal, Canada)
  1. 15:15 – 15:50 New developments in pharmacy practice ― New roles for pharmacists in the era of healthcare practice driven by technological and scientific advances
    Antoine Cherfan (Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi)

15:50 – 16:10 Coffee/tea break

  1. 16:10 – 16:45 New developments in pharmacy education -— Innovations in science and technology influence transformation of pharmaceutical education and transformative education leads change in pharmacy practice
    Renato Cataldo (American Pharmacists Association, USA)
  2. 16:45 – 17:15 Panel discussion

17:15 – 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. Describe the main trends likely to impact pharmacy in the next five to 10 years
  2. Identify actions they need to take in order to prepare for and adapt to these trends
  3. Specify the impact these developments will have on patient care.

Type of session: Knowledge-based