Organised by the FIP Congress Programme Committee
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
15:50 – 16:10 Coffee/tea break
17:15 – 17:25 Conclusion by the chairs
17:25 – 17:30 Room refresh
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Type of session: Knowledge-based