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21 February 2023 

Pharmacists’ roles in hygiene have expanded, FIP GPO study confirms

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Advice on hygiene given by pharmacies has widened from oral care to infection control measures, according to a report by the FIP Global Pharmaceutical Observatory (GPO) published today. A literature review found educating people on hygiene measures such as handwashing and disinfection to be a novel community pharmacy service during the pandemic. The FIP GPO also conducted a cross-country survey through five FIP member organisations (n=60). More than half of the respondents reported that avoidance of respiratory, viral, communicable, and food and water borne infections were the most common “germ concerns” expressed to them by the public. The study also looked into current and future learning needs of pharmacy teams.

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