International Pharmaceutical Federation report on effective use of pharmacists in MNCH
23 FEBRUARY 2012 – The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has published a document on the role of pharmacists in improving maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). The document - FIP reference paper on the effective utilization of pharmacists in improving maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) – focuses on the role of pharmacists in providing services around conditions related to (or particularly worsening during) pregnancy, delivery and post-natal period or in childhood. The document was approved by the FIP Council on 3 September 2011.
This document provides a view of what pharmacists are actually doing, either as part of a standard practice in many countries or through advanced practice in only a few countries.
The specific roles, functions and activities identified as improving maternal, newborn and child health have been structured in accordance with the FIP/WHO Guidelines on Good Pharmacy Practice: Standard for Quality of Pharmacy Services. They have been gathered into four main roles where pharmacists’ involvement or supervision is expected by society and the individuals they serve:
- Prepare, obtain, store, secure, distribute, administer and dispose of medical products.
- Provide effective medication therapy management.
- Maintain and improve professional performance.
- Contribute to improve effectiveness of the health-care system and public health.