【Japan Pharmaceutical Association Academic Conference】Pharmacy certification, collaboration is the key to the system – Deputy Director Yamamoto gives a lecture, “Work to take the initiative instead of scores of dispensing fee.”

2020年10月14日 (水)

Fumi Yamamoto, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (in charge of pharmaceuticals), gave a lecture at the Japan Pharmaceutical Association Academic Conference held in Sapporo 11th and talked about the pharmacy certification system scheduled to be enforced in August next year. The key to the system is how to share information and work in a network for patients. She said, “I want you to finally realize a full-spec pharmacy, including the handling to of drugs.” She added, “If you only work to get scores, you cannot provide services that are ahead of other pharmacies,” and urged efforts to take the initiative.

In response to the enactment of pioneering drugs and early conditional approval under the Amended Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Law, Ms. Yamamoto said, “(In supplying innovative drugs), we firmly accept it as a medical field and region. We decided to review the functions of pharmacies and pharmacists in order to evaluate the saucer, ” she explained the purpose of introducing the pharmacy certification system.

Until now, the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Law stipulated only the minimum structural requirements and compliance obligations for pharmacies. However, Ms. Yamamoto said, “As regional medical care and medical technology change, we need a mechanism to develop it firmly with functions. ”

The certification requirements of regional collaborative pharmacies and pharmacies that collaborate with specialized medical institutions on cancer will be shown in the next few months. However, Ms. Yamamoto said, “It is necessary to share information with other occupations and facilities in the region. I want you to work with an eye on pharmacies that collaborate with specialized medical institutions. Ultimately, we sought a full-spec pharmacy with all the necessary functions for a pharmacy as a base to meet the needs of residents, including providing information on drugs.”

Besides, she said, “Once the Amended Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Law is enforced, it is important not to be just a goal, but to operate it properly.” She also mentioned that discussions are underway of the “Investigative Commission on Training and Quality Improvement of Pharmacists” regarding pharmacists’ future at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. “We’re going to talk about pharmacists, so I would like you to be interested and participate in thinking about the solution with pharmacists and medical providers close to you in the area, and I would like to hear your advice.”

As for future pharmacies and pharmacists, Ms. Yamamoto said, “I want you to have pharmacists with the qualities that can fulfill the role required as a regional collaborative pharmacy, or aim for the function to be realized by all. If we only work for scores, we will not be able to provide services that are ahead of other pharmacies. We want you to take the initiative, not just the fixed ones.”

Ms. Yamamoto pointed out that the use of is also an issue for pharmacists. Regarding electronic prescriptions scheduled to start operation in the summer of 2022, she indicated “The mechanism of electronic prescriptions should be fully utilized to improve the quality of medication guidance while looking at past and latest drug information and dispensing information.”

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