Course introduction

Welcome to our course!

I am Prof. Chung-Hsuen Wu. I am the director of the Department Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University. The other educators of this course are:

  • Director Yuh-Lih Chang, Department of Pharmacy, Taipei Veterans General Hospital

  • Deputy Director Shao Chin Chiang, Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center, Department of Pharmacy

They are both professional speakers from the current on-site GPP training programs.

What is Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP)?

In the year 2011, the World Health Organization and International Pharmaceutical Federation launched a new version of their Good Pharmacy Practice Guidelines. These guidelines are intended to provide a description of ways in which pharmacists can improve access to health care, health promotion and the use of medicines on behalf of the patients they serve.

At the bottom of the step you will notice two resources: A PDF download of the Joint FIP/WHO guidelines on good pharmacy practice: standards for quality of pharmacy services, and a link to the WHO’s document on Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) in Community and Hospital Pharmacy Settings. These are both important reading and will be useful throughout the course, so please read through and refer to them as your journey develops! We will make use of the concepts in these documents throughout the course.

GPP training courses

With grants from the Pharmaceutical Society of Taiwan and FAPA Foundation, and support from several institutions such as Taipei Veterans General Hospital and Taipei Medical University, the first training courses were started in 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan. These training courses focused on experiential training. In order to promote the GPP concept with more pharmacists in Asia, after 6 years of experience, the College of Pharmacy at Taipei Medical University is working with FAPA Foundation and Taipei Veterans General Hospital to create this course. Intended to the be the first in a series of GPP courses, we hope that this course helps to give participating pharmacists or pharmacy students in Asian countries easy access to the guidelines, discuss them with peers and eventually improve pharmacy practices.

This ‘Essentials’ course will explore and discuss the WHO/FIP GPP guidelines, the model of GPP in the hospital setting, and aseptic preparations. Once they are available, we expect the next course to discuss good drug delivery practice in the hospital, and clinical pharmacy services for inpatients and for ambulatory patients, while the final course will cover more advanced topics such as good procurement practice and inventory control, and good medication use management. We will discuss formulary management, pharmacy and therapeutics committee and medication safety management in the hospital.

This program is designed to aid regional education in Indonesia. In each video section, we provide transcripts in Indonesian is at the bottom of our video steps for those who prefer this verison.

Learning together on FutureLearn

Mark as complete

Once you are ready to move on from a step, click ‘Mark as complete’, then move onto the next step. As you work through the course you can monitor your progress by selecting ‘Progress’ at the top of the page. If you are new to FutureLearn you may find the Using FutureLearn area useful.

Participating in discussions

An exciting element of learning on FutureLearn is the support from other learners. On most steps, you will be able to post comments and engage in discussion with your peers. You can ‘like’ comments if you agree with what’s been said or if you have found something particularly interesting. You can also reply to comments and filter the comments by ‘Most liked’.

Follow others

Just like on a social networking site, everyone on FutureLearn has their own profile and you can ‘follow’ individuals who are of particular interest to you, making it easier to find their comments. To follow someone, click the pink ‘Follow’ button on their FutureLearn profile page or next to any comment they have posted in the course.

You can then filter the discussion on this and future steps, as well as on the Activity tab above, to see only comments made by people you’re following.

At the bottom of the step you will notice two resources: A PDF download of the Joint FIP/WHO guidelines on good pharmacy practice: standards for quality of pharmacy services, and a link to the WHO’s document on Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) in Community and Hospital Pharmacy Settings. These are both important reading and will be useful throughout the course, so please read through and refer to them as your journey develops! We will make use of the concepts in these documents throughout the course.

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Essentials of Good Pharmacy Practice: The Basics

Taipei Medical University