International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
- I. Progress in the rational use of medicines

It is a great honour to speak on behalf of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation, which represents over 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates from 90 countries worldwide.
WHO has outlined the global threat of the irrational use of medicines. The overuse and misuse of medicines lead to poorer health outcomes, antimicrobial resistance, and the depletion of scarce resources within countries.

There needs to be a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the rational use of medicines, as it is paramount to achieving UHC. Pharmacists play a central role in optimizing medication therapy, supporting prescribing decisions, leading drug and therapeutic committees, and educating the public on their medications.

Thus, IPSF calls on all countries to fully recognize and utilize pharmacists in their health systems and national health programs, in order to monitor for and use medicines in accordance with evidence-based guidelines.

Let us work together to champion the skills of all health workers and to ensure patients receive the appropriate medication, in the doses that meet individual requirements, for the adequate amount of time, and at the lowest cost. With the opportunity to further include pharmacists in rational medication use, we can achieve Universal Health Care for all.