Gareth Jones, Public Affairs Manager at the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), spoke on the benefits of the New Medicines Service at PGEU’s symposium and General Assembly in France. He outlined the new pharmacy service to delegates from 31 European countries. Other speakers at the symposium outlined the challenges and opportunities for pharmacies around Europe in the current financial crisis.
Delegates at the General Assembly also discussed details around the falsified medicines directive and the professional qualifications directive.
Gareth Jones, said:
“The event was a great opportunity to highlight the ways in which pharmacists in England can improve adherence to medicine which will in turn improve patient outcomes and ensure the cost effective use of medicines. The NPA works hard with its delegation partners to make sure that pharmacies in the UK are represented on European issues. Take the Falsified Medicines Directive as an example, this is one of the most significant European directives for community pharmacy that we have ever seen and its impact will be felt by pharmacists working across the EU. We have been lobbying, both in London and Brussels, for some time to make sure the end results are positive not negative for community pharmacy."