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FIP Covid-19 Information Hub

FIP-COVID-19 Timeline


What is your role?

Community pharmacies in coronavirus/COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak-affected and unaffected countries are often the first point of contact with the health system for those with concerns or in need of information and reliable advice. Their responsibilities include stocking appropriate products and promoting disease prevention. Hospital pharmacies in outbreak-affected and unaffected countries have an important role in in-hospital infection control as well as patient care and support. Pharmacists may also have roles in clinical laboratories.

 

FIP Guidance on COVID-19

We have divided our guidance into four sections, which assist the workforce as a whole. Guidance specifically for community, hospital and clinical biology sectors can be found in Section 2 “Guidelines for pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce”. The FIP guidance is based on the available evidence and the recommendations of reputable organisations such as the World Health Organization, the United States and the European Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and others, as cited at the time of publishing. The available knowledge about COVID-19 is rapidly changing and such recommendations may change accordingly. Although FIP will strive to keep these guidelines up to date, we recommend consulting the websites of these organisations and any newly available evidence for the most recent updates.

Clinical information and treatment guidelines

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Guidelines for pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce

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Frequently asked questions and myth busting

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COVID-19 Additional resources

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 FIP is collaborating with its member organisations and other partners to make this guidance available in different languages, for maximal dissemination and use. We will notify our networks via our social media channels as translations are released.

 

FIP guidance summarised 

COVID-19 transmission and incubation

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Community pharmacy interventions and patient counselling

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Pharmacy operations and facilities: ensuring safety for all and continuity of service

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Community pharmacy procedures

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Community pharmacy contingency plans

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Patient isolation and referral

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Cleaning and disinfection management

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Treatment guidelines and medicines to be stocked

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Use of masks

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Notice to community pharmacy patients and customers

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NOTE: FIP is sharing guidance and examples from our member organisations and others below. Please note, however, that this sharing is not an endorsement of these materials and we can take no responsibility for their accuracy or their being up-to-date.

Other FIP resources

Position statement of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) on the association between the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (including ibuprofen), ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and corticosteroids, and an increased risk of coronavirus/COVID-19 infection or disease severity

 
Position statement  

FIP Young Pharmacists Group: "COVID-19: What You Need to Know"

"Pharmacy Practice in Response to Natural Disasters: Legislation, Challenges and Lessons Learned" Download the PowerPoint slides here

FIP Academic Pharmacy Section: How academics manage the disruption in education in order to “Stay home, stay safe, and stay educated”

Webinar (08/04/2020): “FIP guidance on COVID-19 for pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce" 

Resources from FIP members and member organisations

Argentina

Pharmaceutical Confederation of Argentina

"Protocolo COFA de actuación en la farmacia comunitaria ante la pandemia de coronavirus"

Australia

Pharmacy Guild of Australia

"Information and guidance for community pharmacies in Australia"

Asia

Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations

"Preparing community pharmacies for the COVID-19 pandemic"

Brazil

Brazilian Federal Council of Pharmacy

"Plano de resposta para a farmácias privadas e públicas da Atenção Primária"

"Padronização de acessórios para medida de temperatura"

"Definição de caso suspeito, caso provável, caso confirmado, caso descartado, caso excluído, caso descartado, caso curado, contato próximo e contato domiciliar"

"Equipamentos de Proteção Individual"

Canada

Canadian Pharmacists Association

"Suggested Best Practices for Pharmacies During the COVID-19 Pandemic"

"Daily COVID-19 information for pharmacists"

China

Chinese Pharmaceutical Association

“Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak prevention and control: Guidance and management strategies for pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce”

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“Expert consensus to guide the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic for retail pharmacy staff"

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Costa Rica

College of Pharmacists of Costa Rica

"Recomendaciones para ir a la farmacia"

"Recomendaciones para la prestacion de servicios farmaceuticos"

Europe

European Association of Hospital Pharmacists

"COVID-19 Resource Centre"

Pharmaceutical Group of European Union

"COVID-19 Information Hub"

Ecuador

"COVID-19 guidance"

Germany

Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists

"#unverzichtbar: Gemeinsam gegen Corona"

"Informationen zum Coronavirus"

Italy

Federfarma

"Protocollo informatico"

"Coronavirus: indicazioni utili"

"Croce Rossa e Federfarma insieme per intensificare consegna farmaci a domicilio a favore delle persone vulnerabili"

"Cossolo al Tg5: 'Barriere in plexiglass e servizio a battenti chiusi per garantire la sicurezza dei colleghi'"

Malaysia

"COVID-19 pandemic guidance document for Malaysian pharmacists"

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Philippines

Philippine Pharmacists Association

"Community Pharmacy Guide COVID-19 Preparedness"

Portugal

National Association of Pharmacies of Portugal

"Boas Practicas e estrategias a adopter pelas farmacias"

Spain

General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain 

"Informe tecnico Coronavirus"

"Protocolo Coronavirus Farmacia Comunitaria"

United Kingdom

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

"Everything you should know about the coronavirus outbreak"

Uganda

Proposal on sustainable hand hygiene in low- and middle-income countries

Uruguay

Association of Chemistry and Pharmacy

"Pandemia de Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19"

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American Pharmacists Association

"COVID-19 Practice Resources"

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

"Assessment of Evidence for COVID-19-Related Treatments"

University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences & Colorado Pharmacists Society

"COVID-19: Implications for Pharmacists" (PowerPoint slides)

 

Education and training

UNESCO: COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response

Articles & Other

Pharmacists' response to and involvement in the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) pandemic

Survey summary: Industry response to COVID19

WHO Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19

USP's COVID-19 Public Health Response

 
Last update 8 April 2020

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