Policy statements

Below are links to the current policy statements of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists:

 

Preparing health systems for an ageing society

EAHP calls for a systematic and international elevation of hospital pharmacist roles in medication reconciliation and review as a key part of the response to increasing prevalence of polypharmacy. 

Full statement here.

 

Sustainable and equitable access to medicines

A public debate is required in order to create more sustainable and equitable means to provide patients in Europe with the medicines they need. Cost burden should not be placed directly upon the patient, and greater transparency in the operation of pricing and reimbursement systems is required. Health technology assessment should be supported by the hospital pharmacist's pharmacoeconomic skillset and care must be taken to ensure that certain cost-saving approaches such as generic tendering do not inadvertently result in supply chain vulnerability.

Statement HERE.

 

eHealth and mHealth

EAHP's policy statement on eHealth and mHealth calls for: systematic and universal achievement of electronic prescribing and use of electronic patient records;ensuring bar coding of medicines to the single unit primary package to enable more widespread takeup of bedside scanning in European hospitals, thus improving patient safety; appropriate regulatory oversight mechanisms to ensure the promises of mHealth applications have a positive impact, and to limit the opportunity for ‘rogue’ applications; and, ensuring hospital pharmacists are involved in the design, specification of parameters and evaluation of ICT within the medicines processes.

Statement HERE.

Combatting antimicrobial resistance

The escalating threat of antimicrobial resistance is a global public health concern and now seriously jeopardises the effectiveness of standard treatments, rendering some ineffective for their approved indications. EAHP is calling for health system managers to promote fuller use of the hospital pharmacy profession's skills and knowledge to drive improved stewardship of antimicrobials in the hospital sector.

This includes enabling and promoting the profession to make direct interventions within multidisciplinary care teams such as reviewing antibiotic duration, advising on the cessation of inappropriate antibiotic treatments, and educating other healthcare professionals on the restricted use of certain antibiotics.

Statement HERE.

Preserving health system improvements from public spending austerity

Cuts to expenditure and investment in the hospital setting almost self-evidently pose risk of detriment to patient care and safety.

In response to the impacts of public spending austerity being felt in health services across Europe, the 34 member countries of EAHP passed policy alerting decision-makers to the dangers and the need for diligent care in approach.

Statement HERE.

Protecting patient safety

Hospital pharmacists are guardians of patient safety and central to ensuring the right patient receives the right medicine for the right disease at the right time and in the right dose.

Read EAHP's statement on patient safety HERE.

Promoting hospital pharmacy specialisation

Hospital pharmacy specialisation advances patient safety and high quality healthcare.

Statement HERE.

Bar coding medicines to the single dose

A complete identification of a medicine, up to the moment of administration, is a key element of a safe medicines dispensing procedure in hospitals.

Statement HERE.

Improving clinical trial regulation

There are many ways in which clinical trials regulation in Europe could be improved. 

EAHP have set out some of these in a recent statement, including calling for:

  • a single european electronic portal for submitting trials for assessment;
  • a process for multi-sponsor trials; and,
  • more open access to clinical trial data. 

Statement HERE.

Resolving medicines shortage problems

Problems caused by medicines shortages are serious, threaten patient care in hospitals and require urgent action. EAHP's statement on shortages outlines the nature of the problem and the activity required by each part of the supply chain to resolve the problem.

It also calls for a European-wide investigation involving the European Commission, European Medicines Agency and European Heads of Medicines Agencies.

Statement HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last update: 29 February 2016