- Section 3
"Before pharmacy manufacture or preparation of a medicine, the hospital pharmacist should ascertain whether there is a suitable commercially available pharmaceutical equivalent, and if necessary, discuss the rationale for this decision with the relevant stakeholders."
What does it mean for patients? Not all medicines that patients need are commercially available. Pharmacists are the only healthcare professionals who have the professional education and facilities to prepare safe medicinal products for individual patients or small populations.
What does it mean for healthcare professionals? Not all medicines that patients need are commercially available. Pharmacists are the only healthcare professionals educated in producing safe medicines for individual patients or small population and should do so if required. Healthcare professionals can be assured of the quality and safety of these medicines produced
What does it mean for Hospital Pharmacists? Hospital pharmacies should have the facilities or arrangements in place for the production of medicines for individual or small patient populations, when not commercially available. The hospital pharmacist should be aware of compounding and production practices within the hospital and should attempt to conduct this activity within the hospital pharmacy in the interest of quality and patient safety