Europe – EDQM webinar provides insights on how to implement pharmaceutical care in Europe

The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) has released a webinar illustrating the content of Council of Europe Resolution CM/Res(2020)3 on the implementation of pharmaceutical care for the benefit of patients and health services, which aims to support member states interested in implementing pharmaceutical care in Europe. In line with the above resolution, adopted by the Committee of Ministers in March 2020, implementing pharmaceutical care has a role to play in medication use and the quality of care across Europe.

Martin Henman, Associate Professor at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, gave a webinar presentation, explaining that patient care is at the centre of the Council of Europe resolution. The latter emphasises the need for pharmaceutical care as a way of improving benefits and minimising risks associated with the use of medicines. The resolution not only lays out pharmacists’ role in the pharmaceutical care process, it also specifies how healthcare providers and policy makers in member states can support the implementation and promotion of pharmaceutical care in daily practice.

Henman stated that at the centre of the care process is the idea of collaborative process in which the healthcare professional puts their expertise at the service of the patient and acts in his or her best interest, in line with the fundamental right to good quality healthcare promoted by the Council of Europe…