Best Practices

With little information in the literature, pharmacists and oncologists may feel insecure about the use of chemotherapy in a pregnant patient.
Systematic application of oncology clinical pathways can reduce variation in cancer disease management and result in significant overall savings, said Jim Koeller, MS, at the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association 9th Annual Conference
Pharmacists can play a role in overcoming patients’ financial and personal obstacles to oral chemotherapy.
Pharmacists can serve as an important information portal for access to investigational drugs through clinical trials or via expanded-access mechanisms.
Meta-Analysis Actually Shows Fewer Serious Adverse Events
Ameta-analysis reported at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Ameri­can Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) supports the new guidelines that recommend weight-based chemotherapy dosing for obese cancer patients.1,2

Pharmacists are vitally important in enhancing patients’ adherence to oral chemotherapy medications, and there are approaches that pharmacies can take to improve compliance, Sylvia Bartel, RPh, told attendees of the NCCN Pharmacy Program held during the 17th Annual Conference of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) in Hollywood, Florida.

More than 60% of hospital staff uniforms are colonized with potentially pathogenic bacteria, according to a new study (Am J Infect Control. 2011;39:555-559). The findings suggest that physicians and nurses may be transferring pathogens that could cause clinically relevant infection.

Interestingly, the findings may have significant implications for oncology pharmacists. The investigators found antibiotic-resistant bacteria isolated from samples from 14% of nurses’ uniforms and 6% of physicians’ uniforms.

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