Assessing the Recognition of Community Pharmacy’s Role, Policies, Value to Citizens Globally

Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, addresses how the role of pharmacists, opportunities, and issues facing community pharmacies internationally compare to the experience of community pharmacists in the United States.

Pharmacy Times interviewed Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, about his recent appointment as president of the World Pharmacy Council (WPC), which is an international group with a mission of building international recognition of community pharmacy and its role, policies, and value to citizens around the world.

During the interview, Hoey addresses how the role of pharmacists, opportunities, and issues facing community pharmacies internationally compare to the experience of community pharmacists in the United States.

Additionally, Hoey explains whether there are any pharmacy models internationally that the United States could benefit from emulating or learning from, what the United States is doing right within the pharmacy space and how his experience in the WPC helped to shape his understanding of how the US is succeeding in these areas, and what the value of community pharmacists is in the health and welfare of the countries represented by WPC.