Clinical pharmacy is responsible for delivering the right dose of drugs to the right patient as well as supplying the patients with adequate educational material for their treatment, especially for oral chemotherapy to minimise administration errors.
We are responsible for creating a safe treatment plan, taking into consideration drug-drug interactions and drug-food interactions.
Clinical pharmacists receive preparation order from the treating physician on daily basis. They prepare chemotherapy in a sterile area to provide the best infection control.
At Cairo Cure, chemotherapeutic drugs are handled in a highly equipped clinical pharmacy. Disposal of these drugs after use is done by a specialised company to ensure safety and avoid hazards of these drugs.
Why is clinical pharmacy important?
- More accurate drugs preparation
- Saves time
- More economical due to less drug waste
They have a vital role together with our physicians in checking whether the patients are fit for treatment or not, according to general medical conditions, labs, tolerance to treatment, medications in relation to the patient’s other co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, G6PD, myasthenia, etc.
Also, monitoring the grade of side effects and proper management and dose adjustments accordingly
Also, they are responsible for revising the patient’s own medication and checking for drug interactions
In addition to their core role in the detailed patient education about oral medications including oral chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and hormonal treatments as regards the dose, accompanying supportive measures, suspected side effects, and the way of following up labs and investigations during treatment
Last and not least clinical pharmacy team help in special conditions in the inpatient department by putting a plan for total parental and enteral nutrition of the patients whenever needed, calculating and preparing according to the patient’s labs and general condition, revising the cultures and sensitivity bio-grams in case of infections to help to adjust the proper antibiotic coverage with proper dosing adjusted to patient’s labs.