The development of these Statements would not have been possible without the input and support of a number of European based Patient Groups and Healthcare Professional Groups, who worked alongside our national associations that represent Hospital Pharmacists.
The starting point was a simple question, ‘what should patients expect of a hospital pharmacy service?’, with the added dimension of ‘how should hospital pharmacists contribute within the multidisciplinary team’.
What we have now is a set of Statements on which there is a consensus as to their importance. The Statement are not intended to be standards, some are aspirational and may take years to deliver while others are routed in the legislative framework provided by European Union and therefore obligatory for member states.
For Pharmaceutical Industry the most important aspect is that the Statements represent what patients want to ensure they have access to medicines that are safe and effective and that there is a hospital pharmacy service capable of delivering. There is a role for all parts of the Pharmaceutical Industry, from developing new medicines to meet patient need through to the supply of generics to improve cost effectiveness and to the many other companies that provide distribution, compounding and other specialist support to hospital pharmacies.
While all 44 of the Statements are relevant to the Pharmaceutical Industry you will find more information on those that are perhaps more relevant by clicking on the link below, ‘Who are the Statements for?’