The reality of cancer pharmacy


On the 23rd and 24th September the SIFO Regional Meeting “The reality of cancer drugs ten years after the decree of ’99 was held in Pescara”.The speakers were Dr. Claudio D’Amario (general director of Ausl Pescara), Dr. Amedeo Budassi (medical director of the Asl Chieti), Dr. Antonio Nuzzo (primary of oncology at the Hospital of Laciano Renzetti), Dr.Giuseppe Fioritoni (director of the O.U. Hematology, Pescara), Dr. Giuliano Pandoli (manager of day hospital, Pescara), Dr. Ilene Senesi (fellow of Abruzzo region by the Centro Informazione Indipendente sul Farmaco) Dr. Angelo Palozzo (U.O.C. pharmacy director IRCCS at the Istituto Oncologico Veneto), Dr. Andrea Marinozzi (pharmacist at the hospital pharmacy of A.O.U. Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona) and Dr. Alberto Costantini (U.O.C. director of hospital pharmacy, P.O. Maria SS. dello Splendore, ASL Teramo). 

The national landscape has definitely been changed by the ordinance of ‘99 but still needs targeted interventions to achieve a more homogeneous situation following the current standards.

Good organization, activities planned in a proper way and pharmaceutical knowledge are essential elements to reach the total quality.

The central player remains the pharmacist, who must work in an integrated team with the doctor to obtain the best results in terms of quality and safety.

The experience of the Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona with APOTECAchemo was presented by Dr. Andrea Marinozzi. Information technology and automation allow  to organize the flows of information and drugs by establishing a regular dialogue between the nursing units of oncology and the central pharmacy. The technician is no longer in contact with drugs during compounding ensuring maximum safety, risks for the patient is totally eliminated by a 100% control on production.

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