Managing Director of Shire Pharmaceuticals, Philadelphia, USA, Pharm (Dr) Olufemi Rabiu, has said that pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies and professional associations can improve patient care by adopting modern paradigms and engaging the community on discussions on how to modernise patient care.
Pharm. Rabiu made this disclosure while speaking on the topic, “Emerging Global Trends in Patients Care” at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Pharmacy Week of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos State Branch, held at the Welcome Centre, Airport Road, Lagos, recently.
Pharm. Rabiu, who was the keynote speaker at the event chaired by Pharm. Jimi Agbaje, noted that pharmacy practice was gradually moving towards a more inclusive focus on patient care, adding that the role of pharmacists had evolved from that of a compounder and supplier of pharmaceutical products to that of a provider of services and information to ensure delivery of excellent patient care.
According to the keynote speaker, subscribing to innovation while providing care would continue to improve health care, transform the practice of medicine and empower patients to make better decisions for their own care.
He advised the PSN to consider organising an annual event of health care stakeholders, including Nigerian talents in diaspora, a forum that could be used to discuss new treatment paradigms and innovative practices in healthcare and how these could be integrated to improve the care of the patient.
Pharm. Rabiu noted that changes and innovations like telemedicine, Internet and web-based social media, advances in biopharmaceutical research, electronic patient records and retail clinics have had tremendous impact on how patients were treated globally.
He said that the Nigerian healthcare system could benefit significantly from access to revolutionary new products from biomedical research and technological innovations in telecommunication and electronic data.
He also added that the sector could benefit from empowering patients to play more roles in influencing the quality of care they receive, adding that if pharmacists were to continue to contribute effectively to the new patient-centric pharmacy practice, they must have the opportunity to acquire the new knowledge and skills required for their new role.
Earlier in his welcome address at the event, Pharm. Gbenga Olubowale, Chairman PSN, Lagos, said the choice of the theme, “Global Trends in Patient Care” was to focus attention on what was currently relevant and beneficial to the profession.
He reiterated that Pharmacy Week is organised to further sustain and improve the health values of the general populace and also help educate pharmacists, health professionals, government and the general public on issues pertaining to health.
The memorable event was well attended by members of the association and other top dignitaries.