Statement 4.2

  • Section 4

“All prescriptions should be reviewed and validated as soon as possible by a hospital pharmacist. Whenever the clinical situation allows, this review should take place prior to the supply and administration of medicines.”

What does it mean for patients? Patients are aware that hospital pharmacists during their clinical activities should be consulted and may intervene before, during and after treatment.

What does it mean for healthcare professionals? Errors can occur during prescription and administration of medicines, as highlighted in scientific literature. Healthcare professionals should employ the hospital pharmacists’ clinical pharmacy skills in high-risk situations where pharmaceutical care is required (such as management of anticoagulation therapy, antimicrobial therapy, and therapeutic drug monitoring). Hospital pharmacists can contribute to the appropriate use of medicines at all stages, starting with the perceived need for a particular medicine for prescribing and ending with the assessment and monitoring of its efficacy and tolerability for patients after administration.

What does it mean for Hospital Pharmacists? Hospital pharmacists should manage medication therapy for high risk patients. Hospital pharmacists should have an overview of all medication therapies for patients under their care and record pharmaceutical interventions with the aim to improve quality and safety of all medication use.