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EAHP and others call on European Parliament to address concerns about medicines shortages
  1. Stephanie Kohl
  1. Policy and Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels 1200, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Stephanie Kohl, Policy and Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels 1200, Belgium; Stephanie.Kohl{at}eahp.eu

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Together with 40 organisations representing patients, consumers, healthcare professionals and public health advocates, the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) has contacted the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committee of the European Parliament. In a letter addressed to the ENVI committee’s chair, its vice-chairs and the group coordinators, the initiative highlighted their growing concern about medicines shortages and called on the ENVI committee to act.

Recent studies, such as the 2018 Medicines Shortages Survey by the EAHP and an investigation by France Assos Santé into the recurring difficulties of access to certain vaccines and medicines by French citizens, have shown that the problems caused by medicines shortages all across the European Union continue to accumulate. The undersigned organisations already highlighted their concerns to the European Commission in May 2019 and engaged in discussions. To further raise awareness about the increasing impact of medicines shortages on the quality and safety of care for patients, the initiative also decided to involve the European Parliament.

The initiative hopes that the European Parliament will play a crucial role in recognising and underlining the urgency of the medicines shortages problem by making it a political priority of the European Union’s 2019–2024 legislature.

EAHP-EPSA Internship Platform: sign up your hospital

TheEAHP is working together with the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (EPSA) on many different areas relevant to pharmacy students. One of the three projects that both associations cooperate on is the EAHP-EPSA Internship Platform. This platform enables students and young professionals to intern in hospital pharmacies around Europe for a period of up to 3 months.

Since its establishment in 2012, the EAHP-EPSA Internship Platform has grown significantly. Gaining international experience and being provided with the opportunity to learn from one another by exchanging good practices has become very important for students. In particular feedback from participants who completed the programme over this summer confirms that ‘pharmacists in training’ are very excited about the hands-on experience they get via the EAHP-EPSA Internship Platform. Interning in a hospital gives them the possibility to explore and learn about different areas of hospital pharmacy, and at the same time offers them the opportunity to visit another country with a different healthcare system and working environment.

With the number of interested students rising steadily over the past years, the hospital pharmacies currently enrolled in the programme will soon not be enough. To enable more curious pharmacy students to gain practical experience, the EAHP is seeking additional hospital pharmacies interested in joining the EAHP-EPSA Internship Platform. If you are interested in hosting an intern, contact intern@eahp.eu.

Celebrate EAHP’s 25th Congress anniversary in Gothenburg

EAHP cordially invites hospital pharmacists and other interested healthcare professionals to join the Association’s 25th Congress. Between 25 and 27 March 2020, the celebration of EAHP’s silver jubilee will bring together hospital pharmacy professionals from all over the world in Gothenburg, Sweden.

To commemorate this special occasion, the Scientific Committee of the EAHP has prepared an exciting programme touching on the future of the profession. Under the main headline ‘Hospital Pharmacy 5.0—the future of patient care’, experts will share the latest advances in technologies that will shape the way how pharmaceutical care in hospitals will be delivered in the upcoming decades. By joining EAHP’s anniversary congress, participants will be able to attend keynotes, seminars and workshops focused on artificial intelligence, mobile health, three-dimensional printing, personalised medicine and other subjects that will influence the work of hospital pharmacists towards the optimal outcomes for patients.

In addition to Congress registration the abstract submission has opened. Hospital pharmacists can put forward their abstracts by 15 October 2019. Original contributions from all fields of hospital pharmacy are welcomed for poster presentation. The poster award nominees will be determined in November 2019 and provided with the opportunity to give an oral presentation during the 25th EAHP Congress.

EAHP open learning: improve your knowledge on medicines shortages and TDM

At the end of July, EAHP has released two intensive courses on medicines shortages and therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) as part of its online learning environment. Both modules aim at supporting the development of the hospital pharmacy profession within Europe in order to ensure the continuous improvement of care and outcomes for patients in the hospital setting.

The 5-hour module ‘Medicines shortages: Causation and approaches to improvements’ discloses and unravels restrictive legal, economic or organisational frameworks and routines as well as erroneous incentives in the supply chain. In addition, it provides participants with tools to acquire knowledge about first integral resolutions approaches and to identify coping strategies. ‘Therapeutic drug monitoring as a tool for therapy optimisation’ is a 3.5-hour intensive course which, on the one hand, provides participants with the knowledge to recognise characteristics of drugs that make them good candidates for TDM. On the other hand, it shares insights to better understand the factors that may affect measured concentrations, it lists and discusses the importance of information needed when requesting drug concentration, and it helps to adjust dose based on TDM.

EAHP partners with ClimateCare

EAHP has joined forces with climate and sustainable development experts from ClimateCare to offset carbon emissions associated with the air travel of the Association’s Board members to and from Board meetings. Through projects which tackle global climate change and improve lives, EAHP has offset 29.24 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

By offsetting emissions through ClimateCare, EAHP is supporting projects that make a measurable difference to people’s lives. The LifeStraw Carbon For Water project relies on finance from offsetting to deliver safe water to four million people in Kenya. It was the first project to link water provision with carbon credits at scale and has been recognised by the United Nations. The Gyapa stoves project supports local entrepreneurs to manufacture and distribute safe, efficient cookstoves to households in Ghana. Run on the ground by our partners Relief International, the Gyapa stove cuts charcoal use by up to 50%, saving families money and reducing harmful smoke emissions.

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