D4 - From battlefield innovations to mainstream medicine

Auditorium 3

Organised by the FIP Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section in collaboration with FIP’s Hospital Pharmacy Section & Other


Nita Sood, US Public Health Service, USA and Jane Dawson, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand


The military health systems of nations have two distinctive missions – support combat and humanitarian assistance missions and provide comprehensive health care to its service members.  This session will focus on protecting the health of the forces and military’s contributions to protect national security and help build a healthy society.  This session will examine current challenges facing the militaries and explore opportunities for pharmacists beyond current traditional roles.


  1. Antimicrobial Resistance in the Syrian and Iraqi conflict: Complicating care and implications to the region and worldwide
    Rula Darwish, University of Jordan, Jordan
  2. Military pharmacy’s contributions to the profession and a healthy society
    Uroš Čakar, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  3. Military performance enhancement drugs and technologies: Ethical implications
    Frederik Vongehr, German Armed Forces, Germany
  4. MIND THE GAP: Policy and procedures for use of unlicensed medicines in the German military
    Matthias Meyer, German Armed Forces, Germany
  5. Forgotten crisis in Central African Republic
    Kristina Skender, Médecins Sans Frontières, Croatia

Learning Objectives

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

  1. To describe current emerging public health treats
  2. To explain benefits from military innovation to society
  3. To describe historical perspective on military innovations and availability of life saving pharmaceuticals in combat
  4. To explain use of unapproved drugs for force health protection

Type of session: Knowledge-based