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Climate-smart pharmacy: A prescription for a healthier planet
The health care sector has a large climate footprint, responsible for 4.4% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The vast majority of these emissions are indirect, Scope 3 emissions largely derived from the supply chain – especially from pharmaceuticals. In fact, medications account for 25% of emissions from the NHS, with inhalers accounting for approximately 3% of their climate footprint.

To achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, it is critical that the health care sector reduce its pharmaceutical emissions. Pharmacists, physicians, and other clinical health professionals are integral to achieving this goal.

The Global Roadmap for Health Care Decarbonization identifies strategies to reduce the climate impact of pharmaceuticals, including reducing unnecessary pharmaceutical use, substituting high emission medications with more climate-friendly alternatives, and incentivizing “green, climate-smart medicine.”

In this session, two pharmacists and a physician will discuss the climate impact of pharmaceuticals, including metered dose inhalers, along with opportunities for health professionals to promote climate-smart pharmacy practice through education, advocacy, and clinical practice.

Participants will learn about:

1 - Why pharmaceuticals make a significant contribution to health care’s climate footprint
2 - How pharmacists and clinical health professionals are leading action to reduce the impact of inhalers and other pharmaceuticals and promote climate-smart health care
3 - Opportunities to reduce pharmaceutical emissions by reducing unnecessary pharmaceutical use, reducing pharmaceutical waste, and evaluating prescribing practices

Feb 16, 2023 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Hayley Blackburn, PharmD
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice @University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy
Dr. Blackburn is a clinical pharmacist who leads didactic coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and research efforts exploring the role of pharmacists in the development of environmentally sustainable, climate-resilient health care systems and communities. She is a co-founder of Rx for Climate, a global pharmacy network focused on promoting climate-smart pharmacy practice through advocacy and education.
Minna Eii, MRPharmS, IP
Acute Medicine Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner
Minna Eii, a pharmacist in North East England, serves as the Vice Chair of Sustainability at the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists and is the co-founder of Pharmacy Declares. She is currently a full-time postgraduate student in the masters in environment and human health program at the University of Exeter.
Alex Rabin, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine @University of Michigan Health
Dr. Rabin works to understand the impact of respiratory exposures on patients and minimize the environmental impact of health care delivery. He works closely with nongovernmental organizations, such as Health Care Without Harm and the American Thoracic Society, to highlight the importance of urgent action to reduce health care-associated greenhouse gas emissions, including those stemming from inhaler propellants. He currently serves as the clinical site director for the VA Post-Deployment Cardiopulmonary Evaluation Network, where he leads a multidisciplinary team that evaluates veterans with unexplained dyspnea and other respiratory concerns following military deployment.