Defining evidence-based use of medicines

Wednesday 30 September 2015
A1*     Session accredited under ACPE, UAN: 0579-0000-15-001-L04-P (3.0 contact hours)

Introduction to the topic

The use of medicines is an essential part of health management including prevention and treatment. Pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice go hand in hand in the provision of innovative, efficacious medicines to serve the health needs of the human race. Pharmaceutical scientists have made important contributions over decades in history and into modern times, through the discovery of new medicines and developing products that make these medicines effective for the treatment of human ailments. Pharmacists who are in practice make important contributions by improving the effective use of these medicines, guided by scientific evidence based on studies of efficacy, safety and responsible use of medicines. As such, pharmacists in science play an important role in creating this scientific evidence, and pharmacists in practice provide an understanding of how to interpret and apply the evidence. This session will review the importance of evidence-based practice, what evidence-based practice is, the gaps between current and evidence-based use of medicines, and the limits of evidence-based practice.

Learning objectives

Knowledge-based session

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

1. State the importance of evidence-based use of medicines.

2. Define what the concept of evidence-based pharmacy means.

3. List examples of when medicines are not used in an evidence-based way.

4. Detect the limits of evidence-based practices in the use of medicines.

Chairs: Phil Schneider (University of Arizona, USA) and Don Mager (University of Buffalo, USA)


09:00 1) Introduction

Phil Schneider (University of Arizona, USA)

09:10 2) What is the evidence-based use of medicines?

Sir Michael Rawlins (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, UK)

09:45 3) Do clinical guidelines provide evidence-based information?

Ulrich Laufs (Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes, Germany)

10:20 Break

10:40 4) Case study: anticoagulation management - unacceptable gap between evidence-based guidelines and actual practice that pharmacists can help close through anticoagulation management services

Edith Nutescu (University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, USA)

11:15 5) Panel discussion

Moderator: Joseph Saseen (University of Colorado, USA)