BETHESDA, MD 15 November 2012—With the global consensus statements on the future of hospital pharmacy practice reaching their four-year anniversary, the hospital pharmacy section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is considering some adjustments.
Marianne F. Ivey, section vice president representing the Americas, said the officers have talked about splitting the consensus statements into two groups: necessary and optional. Ivey said such a bifurcation could result, for example, in the statements about formulary issues being put into the necessary category and the statement about collaborative prescribing—a "sophisticated" practice—into the optional category.
Lee C. Vermeulen, recently elected to a four-year term as section secretary after serving two terms as assistant secretary, said the group may simplify some of the statements.
The 75 statements, known as the Basel statements, resulted from the 2008 Global Conference on the Future of Hospital Pharmacy, held in Basel, Switzerland. This conference was conducted by the section.
There are 16 overarching statements on essential concepts and 59 statements on the topics of procurement, influences on prescribing, preparation and delivery, administration, monitoring of medication practice, and human resources and training.
The FIP website provides translations of the English-language statements into the other official languages of the United Nations and 12 additional languages, including Bulgarian, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.
"Even with the translations," Vermeulen said, "some of the statements are not clear enough."
He said some of the consensus statements are actually combinations of similar ideas, which is now proving problematic. And some terms familiar to pharmacists in the United States and Europe have no meaning elsewhere.
Ivey said the section’s officers will work on the statements in upcoming teleconferences and webinars.
One of the officers’ goals, she said, is for every presentation at the section’s sessions in 2013 at the FIP meeting in Dublin, Ireland, to cite relevant Basel statements.
Another goal is to "revisit" the statements in 2014 at the FIP meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, she said.
For FIP’s Centennial Congress in Amsterdam, Ivey coordinated the section’s session "Clinical Pearls—Inspiration to Improve Your Future Hospital Practice." Stephen F. Eckel, of the University of North Carolina Hospitals, spoke about his heatlh system’s award-winning pharmacy practice model for the inpatient setting. Eduardo Savio, whom Ivey knew from her visit to Uruguay in 2011, described how a hospital pharmacy can partner with a pharmacy school to provide hospital-specific training. Other speakers, she said, talked about such subjects as the use of electronics and technology to advance pharmacy practice in Nigeria, where the electricity does not flow consistently.
At another of the section’s sessions, a group from the University of Sydney, Australia, reported on the use of formularies and standard treatment guidelines in hospitals in the Western Pacific Region. Ivey said the authors’ work, which has been accepted for publication in AJHP, relates to the Basel statements.
The section had 170 posters in Amsterdam, Vermeulen said; this number, according to FIP, was more than double the number of posters for any other section.
A group from the department of hospital pharmacy at Japan’s Hamamatsu University School of Medicine won first prize in the section’s poster competition. The authors reported on the amounts of drug contamination on the exterior surface of commercial cisplatin and carboplatin vials in Japan.
Vermeulen credited Ryan Forrey of the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus for coordinating the poster competition.
On the business side, Vermeulen said the section firmed up its 2009 reorganization. There is officially a vice president for each of the World Health Organization’s six regions and a vice president for Japan.
Section members at the meeting elected Australia’s Rebekah Moles to the position of assistant secretary and Australia’s Jonathan Penm as vice president for the Western Pacific Region.
Ivey, who is on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, is halfway through her second term as a section vice president.
Vermeulen has positions with the University of Wisconsin’s health system and pharmacy school.