Continued Education for Pharmacists

Partnership objective

Provide people in Brazil with access to quality information and guidance from trained pharmacy professionals.

The program consists of an online course to train pharmacists and students in order for them to provide safe and proper pharmaceutical care to patients, as well as to monitor and ensure adherence to treatment. The program consists of an online course to train pharmacists and students in order for them to provide safe and proper pharmaceutical care to patients, as well as to monitor and ensure adherence to treatment. Copyright Photo Credits: Boehringer Ingelheim

What are the health needs and challenges?

In Brazil, half of the 57,000 pharmacies and drugstores operate irregularly, without a full time technician. Because of this, there are inadequacies in pharmaceutical care for people looking for medicines and/ or requiring a follow-up with guidance on how to follow the drug treatment safely after a medical diagnosis. 

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The PEC – Continued Education Program for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Clerks (in Portuguese, Programa de Educação Continuada para Farmacêuticos e Balconistas) consists of a free online course to health professionals in order to qualify them for better patient service. Through free education and distance learning, pharmacy clerks, pharmacists and students are trained to provide safe and proper pharmaceutical care to patients, as well as to monitor and ensure adherence to treatment. 

Summary of impact and forward looking information

So far, around 29,000 pharmacists and pharmacy clerks have participated in this program. The long-term objective is to continue supporting the public health system in Brazil, also by engaging with other stakeholders for a systemic change towards quality pharmaceutical service in the country.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Boehringer Ingelheim

Partner(s) FarmacĂȘutica LTDA

Type of Partner(s) Other Business

Therapeutic Focus Other

Disease(s) General Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - mHealth, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Health professionals

Region(s) Latin America & Caribbean

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Brazil

Start Date 2012

More information PEC CFF - Continuing Education Program from the Federal Council of Pharmacy

Anticipated completion date Ongoing