Publication Date 01/07/2014         Volume. 6 No. 6   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

From the desk of the editor

Welcome to the July 2014 homepage edition of i2P (Information to Pharmacists) E-Magazine.
At the commencement of 2014 i2P focused on the need for the entire profession of pharmacy and its associated industry supports to undergo a renewal and regeneration.
We are now half-way through this year and it is quite apparent that pharmacy leaders do not yet have a cohesive and clear sense of direction.
Maybe the new initiative by Woolworths to deliver clinical service through young pharmacists and nurses may sharpen their focus.
If not, community pharmacy can look forward to losing a substantial and profitable market share of the clinical services market.
Who would you blame when that happens?
But I have to admit there is some effort, even though the results are but meagre.
In this edition of i2P we focus on the need for research about community pharmacy, the lack of activity from practicing pharmacists and when some research is delivered, a disconnect appears in its interpretation and implementation.

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What's good for climate is good for health

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Editing and Researching news and stories about global and local Pharmacy Issues

Health professionals from around the world are slowly waking up to the fact that climate change can induce adverse effects on health.
At i2P we have been carrying messages for just on two years, regarding climate change effects, including research reports from our own writer Con Berbatis, in the hope that official pharmacy would see the need and develop policies and strategies for pharmacists to adopt.
Now, with the formation of the International Climate and Health Council a recognised forum is available to be addressed.
Will pharmacists be given a seat at the table?
Perhaps the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia should find out.

Health Professionals Around The World Launch The International Climate And Health Council

Source: Medical News Today

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/172330.php?nfid=20247

Senior doctors worldwide have come together to establish the International Climate and Health Council. Their goal is to rally health professionals across the planet to help tackle the health effects of climate change.

The official launch of the Council will be on Wednesday 25 November 2009. It coincides with a series of papers being published by The Lancet on the public health impact of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, before the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Professor Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians, Sir Muir Gray, Director of the Campaign for Greener Health Care, Dr Hamish Meldrum, Chairman of Council at the British Medical Association, Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal and Lancet Editor, and Dr Richard Horton are among founding members.

Collectively with colleagues from Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, they are calling for urgent government-led international action to reduce carbon emissions and promote the universal adoption of low carbon sustainable lifestyles.

They say that failure to agree to radical reductions in emissions spells a global health catastrophe.

Professor Mike Gill and Dr Robin Stott, co-chairs of the UK Climate and Health Council say: "Climate change is already causing major health problems. This is the first step towards a global network of health professionals which by speaking out has the potential to protect and improve the health of people in both rich and poor worlds."

"The public places trust in health professionals, and will listen to those who play their part in protecting human health from climate change," they add. "This is why health professionals must put their case forcefully now and after Copenhagen. We must give the world's politicians and policy makers no room for doubt on what action they need to take."

Dr Fiona Godlee, editor in Chief of the BMJ says:"Politicians may be scared to push for radical reductions in emissions because some of the necessary changes to the way we live won't please voters. Doctors are under no such constraint. On the contrary we have a responsibility as health professionals to warn people how bad things are likely to get if we don't act now. The good news is that we have a positive message - that what is good for the climate is good for health."

"What's good for the climate is good for health!"

bmj.com

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