Dr. Wafa Y. Dahdal, Director of International Programmes and Associate Director of Professional Development from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) in USA, shares her insights on some ways to advance clinical pharmacy practices. In this exclusive interview, the GCC Pharma Congress team also discusses the pharmacy practice globally compared to the current situation in the region.
GCC Pharma Congress: Please share with us a short introduction about the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, how long has it been since it was established and other notable information.
Dr. Wafa Y. Dahdal: Founded in 1979, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) is the leading clinical pharmacy organization in the world. ACCP is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources enabling clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice and research. ACCP’s purpose is to advance human health by extending the frontiers of clinical pharmacy. Through strategic initiatives, partnerships, collaborations, and alliances, ACCP:
ACCP’s membership, which currently numbers over 16,000, is composed of practitioners, scientists, educators, administrators, students, residents, fellows, and others committed to excellence in clinical pharmacy and patient pharmacotherapy.
ACCP provides educational programs and consultative services to international organizations and institutions to support efforts to advance clinical pharmacy education, training, and practice and the development of qualified clinical pharmacist workforce around the globe.
GCC Pharma Congress: How do you see the pharmacy practice globally compared to the current situation in the GCC region?
Dr. Wafa Y. Dahdal: The shift from product to patient-centred pharmacy practice is a leading trend around the globe, including in the GCC region. The shift in focus requires additional skills and abilities that pharmacists must acquire to ensure safe and effective delivery of patient-centred pharmacist services.
GCC Pharma Congress: How do you see the progress of clinical pharmacy practice in the region?
Dr. Wafa Y. Dahdal: While some countries in the Middle East have made significant strides toward advancing clinical pharmacy education and practice, considerable divergence exists between countries. Greater emphasis should be placed by the entire region to effectively advance the profession and expand the role of the pharmacist to the provision of quality and outcome-driven clinical pharmacy services.
GCC Pharma Congress: Why do you think it is important for pharmacists to learn about the strategies of clinical pharmacy services?
Dr. Wafa Y. Dahdal: Strategies for the implementation of quality pharmacy services that add value to patient outcomes and health systems are important for the successful advancement of the profession.
GCC Pharma Congress: The American College of Clinical Pharmacy will run a Symposium along with the GCC Pharmaceutical Congress taking place on the 5th of October. Why do you think that pharmacists should attend this symposium?
Dr. Wafa Y. Dahdal: Given the global focus on non-communicable diseases and particularly the impact of cardiovascular diseases in the region, pharmacists can play an important role in the prevention, risk reduction, and management of cardiovascular diseases. This symposium will provide participants with an update on the management of common chronic cardiovascular diseases and discuss practical strategies and processes that advance clinical and economic outcomes.
The symposium objectives are to:
Practicing pharmacists, health care professionals, and health system administrators will find the symposium of use to the implementation and expansion of pharmacist services.
GCC Pharma Congress: Why do you think that the GCC Pharmaceutical Congress is an important platform for pharmacists?
Dr. Wafa Y. Dahdal: The GCC Pharmaceutical Congress offers a unique platform for pharmacy leaders and practitioners to debate and chart the future of pharmacy in the region.
Visit www.gccpharmacongress.com to know more details about the congress.Aug 2015