Identifying the teaching content on substandard and falsified medical products in global pharmacy education as critical public health issue

Zuzana Kusynová*, Mart Kicken, Hendrika A. van den Ham, Aukje K. Mantel-Teeuwisse

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Abstract

Aim: To gain insight into the education about substandard and falsified (SF) medical products. Method: A digital survey was sent to 173 different schools of pharmacy around the world. Results: The response rate was 32% (55 responses, 37 countries). Most schools taught about SF medical products as a stand-alone course or as part of another course or module (67%), whereas 33% did not teach about the subject. The main focus of teaching was on detection (21%) and prevention (21%) of SF medical products, while reporting was taught the least (12%), indicating a knowledge gap in that area. A key barrier to introducing a new course that could close the gaps was insufficient time in pharmacy curriculum (n=33; 60%), while availability of ready-to-adopt course materials was considered as a helpful enabler. Conclusion: These insights can improve the understanding on what is already being taught on SF medical products, where the gaps are and inform the curriculum needed globally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-516
Number of pages13
JournalPharmacy Education
Volume21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Pharmacy curriculum
  • Pharmacy education
  • Substandard and falsified (SF) medical products

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