Annually, over $500 billion is wasted due to irresponsible medication use. With pharmacists ensuring effective practice, such wasted resources can be avoided. Currently, patients receive 2 minutes of counseling per prescription on average.
Several groups are working to better utilize pharmacists worldwide:
1. International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) – FIP represents three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from all around the world. The organization aims to ensure effective practice by creating global pharmaceutical standards. FIP has been a long partner of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other United Nations agencies.
2. UNICEF hires pharmacists and places them in rural communities worldwide. UNICEF pharmacists plan and develop webs of medication distribution. In addition, pharmacists assist in creating cost-effective programs that procure and distribute HIV/AIDS and malaria drugs.
3. Global Health Partnerships – Several organizations around the world are listed as one of the Center for Disease Control’s Global Health Partners. These organizations often enlist pharmacists as part of their efforts reduce disease. Patients often rely on their pharmacists to learn how their medications should be taken.
More healthcare institutes and pharmaceutical companies should learn from these efforts and shift their attention towards maximizing medication distribution efficiency to improve global public health.
– Yun Hwang