Department of Pharmacy
Overview of the departmentWe are responsible for promotion of the adequate use, supply, and management of drugs to support advanced medical practice with physicians/nurses/other medical staff, as members of a medical team, and provide safe and effective drug therapies. Our department consists of 3 divisions and 7 rooms, differing from a conventional business system. Various requests are flexibly managed.
Division of Drug Information
Drug Information Room
The Drug Information Room is responsible for the collection/analysis/evaluation/arrangement/supply of information on drugs in our hospital. Not only information regarding all drugs adopted in affiliated hospitals but also information on drugs that are not used and over-the-counter drugs, books regarding medical care/drugs, and information on adverse reactions to drugs reported in various countries are managed.
With respect to the contents of prescriptions (oral, external, injection) issued by physicians, combinations (drug interactions), adverse reactions, doses, and administration methods are initially checked (prescription surveillance) from pharmaceutical viewpoints. Subsequently, medicines are accurately dispensed. We contribute to reducing the burden on nurses and promoting safety by introducing one-dose packages and carrying a daily set of injections for each patient using a cart. For patients, we provide information for safe and effective drug therapy by utilizing “explanatory forms on drugs”(sheets for providing drug information) and “drug notebooks”. The Drug Consultation Room has been established at the outpatient clinic lobby. Patients can receive guidance on administration and consult us.
Division of Ward Activity Support
Ward drug business, drug management/guidance
For medical practice, physicians, nurses, clinical technologists, dietitians, and pharmacists must exhibit respective specialized skills, and cooperate. Our division is responsible for the pharmaceutical management of drug therapies by pharmacists covering all departments. We participate in conferences with physicians, accompany professors on rounds to collect information, and provide information for each department. At the bedside, drug guidance regarding drug efficacy, usage, and precautions is conducted so that patients can correctly use drugs. We contribute to adequate, safe drug therapy.
We participate in conferences and rounds as members of team practice involving the Nutritional Support Team (NST), Infection Control Team (ICT), Palliative Care Team, and Pressure Ulcer Control Team. We also play a role in the education/enlightenment of hospital staff.
Advanced medical practice
Primarily, the body fluid concentrations of anticancer drugs, immunosuppressive drugs, antibiotics, anti-epileptic drugs, and their metabolites are measured. We support administration designs to provide the most appropriate drug therapy for individual patients by analyzing the results of measurement from pharmacokinetic viewpoints.
In our hospital, cancer chemotherapy is performed according to inspection, registration, and the contents (regimens) of treatment under management. Pharmacists play an important role in the inspection, registration, and management of regimens in cooperation with physicians. We confirm the contents of physicians’ instructions, laboratory data, and adverse reactions from drug specialists’ viewpoints so that cancer chemotherapy is safely and effectively performed, and check whether or not anticancer drug regimens are appropriate. We are responsible for the pharmaceutical management of cancer chemotherapy through the provision of information/guidance for patients and various proposals by staff, including physicians, in cooperation with pharmacists in charge of each ward or the Outpatient Treatment Center. In a clean environment, drugs are prepared by pharmacists trained in anticancer-drug handling after understanding the characteristics of anticancer drugs.
Pharmaceutical manufacturing laboratory
We dispense general hospital preparations, and examine the quality of test drugs for PET, supporting advanced medical practice. Furthermore, high-calorie infusions are prepared for patients undergoing total parenteral nutrition in a sterile room.
Pharmaceutical Affair Room
Drugs to be used in our hospital are purchased, managed, and analyzed. This room is responsible for narcotic management/supply, and functions as a counter for public relations. We support advanced medical practice from the perspectives of purchase/management/supply.
Division of Research/Education
Concerning the theme of research in the Pharmacy Department, pharmacokinetic studies and pharmacoepidemiological surveys are primarily conducted to overcome clinical problems and promote advancements in clinical practice.
The Pharmacy Department was authorized as a pharmacists’ training facility of the Japan Pharmacists Education Center, Japanese Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Japanese Society of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences, and as a cancer-specializing pharmacists’ training facility. Furthermore, pharmacists certified by several societies and instructive pharmacists are responsible for educational/post-graduate medical, pharmaceutical, and nursing training.