Thursday, April 19, 2012

EAHP Academy Seminar "What do we need to know about building or reconstructing a hospital pharmacy?"

Target group of the seminar
The target group comprises hospital pharmacy managers, mainly head of pharmacies or deputies from the new EU- Countries and new members of EAHP.

Teaching goals
To ensure patient safety hospital pharmacists have to ensure:
  • the correct medical supply including purchasing, stock- keeping and delivery of drugs
  • the compliance with pharmaceutical and drug-related legal regulations as well as with all other laws and regulations related to pharmacies
  • the compliance with the general rules of hygiene and of the science of pharmacy
  • the quality assured production and compounding of medicines
  • pharmaceutical counselling like drug information and clinical pharmacy services.
EU- legislation on production of medicines in hospital pharmacies like GMP guidelines and influences the technical and interior equipment of the production areas. Recent developments of logistic of drugs were characterised by the improvement of the supply chain using automation and track and trace.
A huge number of hospital pharmacies are more then 15 years old and do not fulfil the state of technology and science. Hospitals therefore are forced to reconstruct or rebuild the hospital pharmacy.
The seminar should give support in planning or replanning the hospital pharmacy.

Learning objectives

Seminar I: Planning of a state of the art hospital pharmacy production

The seminar gives theoretical information about regulatory requirements for hospital pharmacy production. This includes process description, quality risk management, quality management, feasibility study and user requirements to design qualification. In the following workshops the participants will work on the above mentioned topics on practical examples.
At the end of the seminar the participants will:
  • have the skills to identify the relevant requirements for the hospital pharmacy they are working for.
Seminar II:Planning the logistic of a hospital pharmacy

This seminar gives theoretical information about logistics of hospital pharmacies and examples of the recent developments in the supply chain of drugs.
At the end of the seminar the participants will:

  • get an overview about actual developments in the supply of medicines
  • know about advantages and disadvantages of automation systems for picking packages
  • know about advantages and disadvantages of unit dose systems
  • know about track and trace during transport and delivery including the use of RFID
  • know about the latest developments in barcoding
  • be able to take in consideration the different developments either material or administrative and adapt to the hospital and hospital pharmacy needs.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

EU: PONTE platform prototype to be released soon

A prototype of the 'Efficient Patient Recruitment for Innovative Clinical Trials of Existing Drugs to other Indications' platform (PONTE platform) will be released this month (April 2012). The wider research community will thus have the opportunity to test run and review the tools that the platform will offer.

PONTE is a European project intended to establish a platform to help new uses for existing drugs. It will offer vital assistance throughout each stage of the process - from the moment an idea is generated through to the selection of suitable volunteers for the trial.

Once work on refining and perfecting the system is complete, PONTE will act as a one-stop search, query and decision support tool. By linking to existing medical knowledge databases, it will give near-instant access to information about any disease, drug or drug properties. This will aid researchers as they develop their hypotheses for new applications for existing medicines. If, for example, there is the possibility that a particular drug for high blood pressure may be useful in treating arthritis, PONTE will help to uncover it. The platform will then utilise data stored by individual hospitals to establish whether sufficient patients meet the criteria for a trial to be able to proceed. PONTE can select pre-consenting volunteers immediately - ensuring the right people for the right trial at the right time. To complete the jigsaw, the system will provide a step-by-step guide for setting up clinical protocol, in turn ensuring all aspects have been completed well in advance of the start of the trial.

PONTE will simplify the whole clinical trials process so that it will be easier to come up with the right concept and select the right patients. As well as saving money, this will give the public quicker access to drugs which may be able to help them. The platform is expected to be launched in a year's time.

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