AIMS AND BACKGROUND: At the Oncology Department of the Chieti and Ortona Hospitals, the pharmacist designated by the Abruzzo Region to oversee the obligatory monitoring of innovative oncological drugs listed in the database of the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) collaborates with oncologists to educate them about evidenced-based prescribing for off-label uses of drugs and to optimize the efficiency of spontaneous reporting of adverse drug reaction (ADR) local system. METHODS: The contribution of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team was evaluated using the following indices: the percentage of off-label prescriptions of the innovative drugs monitored, the number of reported ADRs, and the percentage of pharmacist suggestions actually implemented by physicians. RESULTS: In the course of 3 years (2008-2010), the pharmacist monitored a total of 843 patients treated with 716 appropriate uses and 127 off-label uses of drugs, oversaw a reduction in the latter from 28.3% in 2008 to 9.6% in 2010, and contributed to almost tripling the number of reported ADRs, from 10 in 2008 to 27 in 2010. In 2010, the pharmacist identified 60 potentially inappropriate prescribing cases, and proposed more appropriate prescriptions for each case: 68.3% (41) of the suggestions were implemented by the physicians and only 31.7% (19) were not. According to answers to a questionnaire administered at the end of the 2010 to evaluate the usefulness of this particular collaboration, physicians are interested in continuous and extensive collaboration. CONCLUSIONS: This article demonstrates that a pharmacist, active in the department as part of the heath-care team, can facilitate evidenced-based prescribing for off-label uses of drugs and improve spontaneous reporting of ADRs.

The impact of a pharmacist as a member of healthcare team on facilitating evidenced-based prescribing of innovative drugs in an Italian oncology department

PETRELLI, Fabio;GRAPPASONNI, Iolanda
2012

Abstract

AIMS AND BACKGROUND: At the Oncology Department of the Chieti and Ortona Hospitals, the pharmacist designated by the Abruzzo Region to oversee the obligatory monitoring of innovative oncological drugs listed in the database of the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) collaborates with oncologists to educate them about evidenced-based prescribing for off-label uses of drugs and to optimize the efficiency of spontaneous reporting of adverse drug reaction (ADR) local system. METHODS: The contribution of the pharmacist as a member of the healthcare team was evaluated using the following indices: the percentage of off-label prescriptions of the innovative drugs monitored, the number of reported ADRs, and the percentage of pharmacist suggestions actually implemented by physicians. RESULTS: In the course of 3 years (2008-2010), the pharmacist monitored a total of 843 patients treated with 716 appropriate uses and 127 off-label uses of drugs, oversaw a reduction in the latter from 28.3% in 2008 to 9.6% in 2010, and contributed to almost tripling the number of reported ADRs, from 10 in 2008 to 27 in 2010. In 2010, the pharmacist identified 60 potentially inappropriate prescribing cases, and proposed more appropriate prescriptions for each case: 68.3% (41) of the suggestions were implemented by the physicians and only 31.7% (19) were not. According to answers to a questionnaire administered at the end of the 2010 to evaluate the usefulness of this particular collaboration, physicians are interested in continuous and extensive collaboration. CONCLUSIONS: This article demonstrates that a pharmacist, active in the department as part of the heath-care team, can facilitate evidenced-based prescribing for off-label uses of drugs and improve spontaneous reporting of ADRs.
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