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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755999/prescribing-pattern-and-prescription-writing-quality-of-antineoplastic-agents-in-the-capital-city-of-a-middle-income-developing-country
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Maryam Taghizadeh-Ghehi, Asiyeh Amouei, Ava Mansouri, Aarefeh Jafarzadeh Kohneloo, Molouk Hadjibabaie
Objective: Cancer is a global health concern with growing incidence worldwide. Chemotherapy is the main treatment modality in many malignancies. This study aimed at evaluation of antineoplastic prescribing pattern and prescription-writing quality in the capital city of Iran. Methods: All dispensed chemotherapy prescriptions by four main authorized pharmacies in Tehran during 1 month were targeted. Prescriptions with no antineoplastic medications or written by specialties other than oncology-related fields were excluded from the study...
January 2018: Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730915/-the-status-quo-and-analysis-of-quality-control-of-cancer-chemotherapy-in-76-hospitals-in-beijing
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T L Qiu, P W Yang, G H Li, F Ma, T Gao, W L Lin, J H Ma, L H Wang
Objective: Investigated the status quo of quality control of cancer chemotherapy in hospitals in Beijing to discover the main problems and provide the improvement measures. Methods: One medical record of cancer chemotherapy was taken every month for examination of quality control, and a total of 10 medical records in each hospital were examined. A total of 756 medical records from 76 hospitals were examined. Results: The results of analysis showed that the overall standardization and quality control of cancer chemotherapy was positively correlated with the grade of hospital...
April 23, 2018: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29726786/surface-contamination-with-ten-antineoplastic-drugs-in-83-canadian-centers
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L Chauchat, C Tanguay, N J Caron, S Gagné, F Labrèche, J F Bussières
Purpose The aim of this study was to monitor environmental contamination by 10 antineoplastic drugs in Canadian oncology pharmacy and patient care areas. The secondary objective was to explore the impact of factors that may explain contamination. Methods Twelve standardized sites were sampled in each center (six in the pharmacy and six in patient care areas). Each sample was prepared to allow quantification of seven antineoplastic drugs (cyclophosphamide, ifosfamide, methotrexate, cytarabine, gemcitabine, 5-fluorouracil, irinotecan) by UPLC-MS-MS...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29708056/development-of-clinical-pharmacy-in-belgian-hospitals-through-pilot-projects-funded-by-the-government
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A Somers, A Spinewine, I Spriet, S Steurbaut, P Tulkens, J D Hecq, L Willems, H Robays, M Dhoore, H Yaras, I Vanden Bremt, M Haelterman
Objectives The goal is to develop clinical pharmacy in the Belgian hospitals to improve drug efficacy and to reduce drug-related problems. Methods From 2007 to 2014, financial support was provided by the Belgian federal government for the development of clinical pharmacy in Belgian hospitals. This project was guided by a national Advisory Working Group. Each funded hospital was obliged to describe yearly its clinical pharmacy activities. Results In 2007, 20 pharmacists were funded in 28 pilot hospitals; this number was doubled in 2009 to 40 pharmacists over 54 institutions, representing more than half of all acute Belgian hospitals...
April 30, 2018: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29692439/enhancing-student-knowledge-through-a-comprehensive-oncology-simulation
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Erini S Serag-Bolos, Melissa Chudow, Janelle Perkins, Radha V Patel
Objective. To evaluate the impact of a comprehensive oncology simulation on pharmacy students' knowledge and perceptions related to oncology pharmacy practice. Methods. Third-year pharmacy students at the University of South Florida completed an ovarian cancer case-based simulation. Stations involved patient-specific order set completion, counseling, order verification, and aseptic technique. Pre- and post-simulation assessments regarding therapeutic knowledge and aseptic technique as well as perceptions of pharmacists' roles in oncology practice were evaluated...
April 2018: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691269/implementation-of-a-pharmacy-managed-program-for-the-transition-of-chemotherapy-to-the-outpatient-setting
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Ali McBride, Christopher J Campen, James Camamo, Marie Maloney, Daniel Persky, Sandra E Kurtin, Nikki L Barket, Ravitharan Krishnadasan, Emad Elquza, Faiz Anwer, Kurt Weibel
PURPOSE: Implementation of a pharmacy-managed program for the transition of chemotherapy to the outpatient setting is described. SUMMARY: The University of Arizona Cancer Center and Banner-University Medical Center Tucson are affiliated not-for-profit academic medical centers in Tucson, Arizona, whose facilities include a hospital and ambulatory care clinics that maintain 3 outpatient infusion centers. The cancer center pharmacy currently employs 25 pharmacists, with 4 clinical pharmacists serving both the inpatient and outpatient treatment sites...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676947/intravenous-chemotherapy-compounding-errors-in-a-follow-up-pan-canadian-observational-study
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Rachel E Gilbert, Melissa C Kozak, Roxanne B Dobish, Venetia C Bourrier, Paul M Koke, Vishal Kukreti, Heather A Logan, Anthony C Easty, Patricia L Trbovich
PURPOSE: Intravenous (IV) compounding safety has garnered recent attention as a result of high-profile incidents, awareness efforts from the safety community, and increasingly stringent practice standards. New research with more-sensitive error detection techniques continues to reinforce that error rates with manual IV compounding are unacceptably high. In 2014, our team published an observational study that described three types of previously unrecognized and potentially catastrophic latent chemotherapy preparation errors in Canadian oncology pharmacies that would otherwise be undetectable...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29620815/a-descriptive-study-of-patients-receiving-foundational-financial-assistance-through-local-specialty-pharmacies
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Julia Zhu, Randall Odebralski, Safia Boghani, Clorinda Walley, Frank Koen, Chad Conley, Heather S Kirkham
OBJECTIVES: To describe the population of patients who received financial assistance from the Good Days Foundation (GDF) as facilitated by Walgreens local specialty pharmacies (LSPs). STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective descriptive study. METHODS: This study used a joint foundational and pharmacy claim database between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2016. RESULTS: Among 1572 eligible patients who received GDF financial assistance as facilitated by Walgreens LSPs, 1524 had disease state information and 14 of these patients receveived financial assistance for 2 disease states (patient count denominator, 1538)...
March 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29611527/chemotherapy-medication-errors
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Saul N Weingart, Lulu Zhang, Megan Sweeney, Michael Hassett
Although chemotherapy is a well established treatment modality, chemotherapy errors represent a potentially serious risk of patient harm. We reviewed published research from 1980 to 2017 to understand the extent and nature of medication errors in cancer chemotherapy, and to identify effective interventions to help prevent mistakes. Chemotherapy errors occur at a rate of about one to four per 1000 orders, affect at least 1-3% of adult and paediatric oncology patients, and occur at all stages of the medication use process...
April 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29587608/a-pilot-study-to-assess-the-pharmacy-impact-of-implementing-a-chemotherapy-induced-nausea-or-vomiting-collaborative-disease-therapy-management-in-the-outpatient-oncology-clinics
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Kasey Jackson, Cathy Letton, Andy Maldonado, Andrew Bodiford, Amy Sion, Rebekah Hartwell, Anastasia Graham, Carolyn Bondarenka, Lynn Uber
Background Collaborative drug therapy management is a formal partnership between a pharmacist and physician to allow the pharmacist to manage a patient's drug therapy. Literature supports collaborative disease therapy management can improve patient outcomes, improve medication adherence, enhance medication safety, and positively influence healthcare expenditures. Chemotherapy induced nausea or vomiting is considered one of the most distressing and feared adverse events among patients receiving chemotherapy...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29582941/-the-new-hadassah-hebrew-university-medical-center-a-leader-in-israeli-public-medicine
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Dror Mevorach, Meir Leibergall, Zeev Rothstein
Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center is regaining its lead in Israeli public medicine with clinical excellence, state-of-the art technology, high achievement in research, and outstanding medical education for students and trainees. Hadassah has two campuses at Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus that together offer 1200-hospital beds and 40 hybrid and advanced operating rooms. Hadassah Medical Center, an initiative of Hadassah organization led by Henrietta Szold, is one of the foremost health care providers in Israel...
March 2018: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29565172/-nutritional-support-and-parenteral-nutrition-in-the-oncological-patient-an-expert-group-consensus-report
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Miguel Camblor-Álvarez, María Julia Ocón-Bretón, Luis Miguel Luengo-Pérez, Juan Antonio Viruzuela, María José Sendrós-Maroño, Mercedes Cervera-Peris, Enrique Grande, Julia Álvarez-Hernández, Paula Jiménez-Fonseca
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is a frequent medical problem of cancer patients that negatively impacts their quality of life. OBJECTIVE: To analyze and respond to different issues related to the nutritional management of cancer patients in the clinical setting. METHODS: A multidisciplinary group of experts in Medical Oncology, Pharmacy, and Nutrition developed a list of topics related to the nutritional status of cancer patients, which were grouped into three blocks: Nutritional support; Parenteral nutrition (PN); and Home PN (HPN) in cancer patients...
January 10, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29540104/stability-of-vincristine-sulfate-doxorubicin-hydrochloride-and-etoposide-phosphate-admixtures-in-polyisoprene-elastomeric-pump-supporting-transition-of-the-epoch-regimen-to-outpatient-care
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Darren Svirskis, Sairam Behera, Neera Naidoo, Joanne Beachman, Tarsha Raina, Yongzhi Zhou, Leanne Berkahn, Ian Costello, Yongchuan Gu
Background The EPOCH regimen, consisting of vincristine sulfate, doxorubicin hydrochloride, and etoposide phosphate, is typically administered by continuous infusion over four days to oncology inpatients. If the EPOCH regimen was available to be administered through portable elastomeric pumps, chemotherapy could be transitioned to an outpatient setting, reducing inpatient bed days and overall healthcare costs. However, a lack of stability data for the admixtures in the elastomeric infusion devices currently prevents the transition of the regime to an outpatient setting...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29523537/implementation-of-an-integrated-computerized-prescriber-order-entry-system-for-chemotherapy-in-a-multisite-safety-net-health-system
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Clement Chung, Shital Patel, Rosetta Lee, Lily Fu, Sean Reilly, Tuyet Ho, Jason Lionetti, Michael D George, Pam Taylor
PURPOSE: The development of a computerized prescriber order-entry (CPOE) system for chemotherapy in a multisite safety-net health system and the challenges to its successful implementation are described. SUMMARY: Before CPOE for chemotherapy was first implemented and embedded in the electronic medical record system of Harris Health System (HHS), pharmacy personnel relied on regimen-specific preprinted order sets. However, due to differences in practice styles and workflow logistics, the paper orders across the 3 facilities were mostly site specific, with varying clinical content...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29518017/adherence-to-oral-anticancer-medications-evolving-interprofessional-roles-and-pharmacist-workforce-considerations
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Gennaro A Paolella, Andrew D Boyd, Scott M Wirth, Sandra Cuellar, Neeta K Venepalli, Stephanie Y Crawford
Interprofessional care is exhibited in outpatient oncology practices where practitioners from a myriad of specialties (e.g., oncology, nursing, pharmacy, health informatics and others) work collectively with patients to enhance therapeutic outcomes and minimize adverse effects. Historically, most ambulatory-based anticancer medication therapies have been administrated in infusion clinics or physician offices. Oral anticancer medications (OAMs) have become increasingly prevalent and preferred by patients for use in residential or other non-clinic settings...
March 8, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29492103/awareness-and-compliance-with-pharmacovigilance-requirements-amongst-uk-oncology-healthcare-professionals
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Rebecca J Thorne, Rosanne J Bruggink, Stephen J Kelly, Sarah Jl Payne, Simon J Purcell, David A Montgomery
Since 2013, once a medicine receives marketing authorisation in the European Union, it is labelled with an inverted black triangle indicating all adverse reactions should be reported. Our aim was to explore understanding of the black triangle and compliance with adverse event (AE) reporting requirements by UK oncology healthcare professionals (HCPs). A questionnaire was electronically distributed to oncology pharmacists (P) via the British Oncology Pharmacy Association, to oncologists (O) through the Association of Cancer Physicians and also to nurses (N) via the UK Oncology Nursing Society...
2018: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29486920/-what-are-the-expectations-of-coordination-and-accompaniment-of-french-patients-with-cancer-towards-their-community-pharmacist
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Guillaume Hébert, Etienne Minvielle, Mario Di Palma, François Lemare
PURPOSES: Analyze the relationship and expectations of cancer patients towards the community pharmacist in a pharmaceutical care coordination project. METHODS: In November 2014, a questionnaire was distributed to ambulatory patients of a university hospital specialized in oncology. Thirteen questions explored the consumption habits and the usage of the pharmacy (typology of consumers, use of goods and benefits consumed), and collected their expectations for pharmaceutical benefits in the context of the management of their cancer...
March 2018: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29481295/medication-safety-in-oncology-care-mapping-checking-procedures-from-prescription-to-administration-of-chemotherapy
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Yvonne Pfeiffer, Stephan S Gut, David L B Schwappach
PURPOSE: To increase medication safety in oncology, checking procedures are increasingly applied by nurses, physicians, and pharmacists. However, little is known about the number, types, and consistency of implemented checks. The aim of the study was to assess the number and types of different checking procedures that are performed along the lifecycle of a chemotherapy prescription across three hospitals, different care settings, administration routes, and professional groups. METHODS: A scheme to evaluate checking procedures and a mapping approach to illustrate the checks along the phases of the medication process were developed...
April 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451420/integration-of-clinical-pharmacists-into-an-ambulatory-pediatric-hematology-oncology-transplant-clinic
#19
Kimberly D Defoe, Jennifer Jupp, Tara Leslie
Objectives To describe key activities performed by a newly deployed clinical pharmacist in an outpatient pediatric hematology, oncology, transplant clinic. To demonstrate how utilization of the pharmacist evolved, as indicated by changes in frequency of key activities, during the first four months of integration. Design Clinical pharmacists were made consistently available in an outpatient clinic serving hematology, oncology, transplant patients and their families. A list of key activities, based on provincial clinical pharmacist standards, was created to provide a framework for the role...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29400987/dose-rounding-of-biologic-and-cytotoxic-anticancer-agents-a-position-statement-of-the-hematology-oncology-pharmacy-association
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Rebecca Fahrenbruch, Polly Kintzel, Anne Marie Bott, Steven Gilmore, Ryan Markham
PURPOSE: To present a position statement from the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) that pertains to dose rounding of biologic and cytotoxic anticancer agents. METHODS: The HOPA Standards Committee organized a work group of oncology pharmacist specialists to examine the safety and value of dose rounding of biologic and cytotoxic anticancer agents. Primary literature that describes methods for dose rounding, with clinical or economic data, were analyzed...
March 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
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