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Three cancer centers share their experiences related to the struggle of understanding wide variations in the application of sterile compounding and safe handling of oncology hazardous drugs, and the costs and operating burdens of compliance with and adherence to current pharmacy standards.

“It is time for us to bury the concept of maximum-tolerated dose in the world of targeted therapy,” according to Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO.

A persistent medi­­cation safety issue is getting the attention it has long deserved. In an effort to save lives related to the accidental intrathecal dosing of vincristine, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has launched a program called “Just Bag It: The NCCN Campaign for Safe Handling of Vincristine."

Hollywood, FL—Results from a survey of oncology pharmacists from across the country indicate that the verification process for chemotherapy orders is not uniformly electronic. In fact, >25% of responders are still using paper orders, said Carly Duncan, PharmD candidate, of the Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston. She presented findings from her and her colleagues’ survey at the 2016 annual conference of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Lymphomas are a group of blood cancers that originate in the lymphatic system. The primary function of this system is to help the body fight infection.
“There is a very strong link between shift work and lack of sleep, and fewer hours of sleep can translate to a higher risk for obesity and disease,” according to Eva S. Schernhammer, MD, DrPH, who spoke at the recent American Association for Cancer Research International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research.
Data presented at the 2015 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium illustrated that the biosimilar epoetin alfa (HX575, Binocrit) can safely correct anemia and maintain hemoglobin levels.
Because of the complexity of biosimilar regulations, a pharmaceutical and therapeutics committee—which includes pharmacists and physicians—is recommended to determine appropriate biosimilar use...
The expanding availability of oral drugs for the treatment of a number of tumor types has increased their use as chemotherapy.
The Jefferson School of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University was founded in 2008 and offers an innovative doctor of pharmacy program that prepares graduates for interesting and challenging pharmacy practice roles across the healthcare continuum.
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