There are eight hospital pharmacies in Denmark, serving the regions’ hospitals with medicines. A large percentage of the employees at hospital pharmacies are pharmacists and pharmaconomists, but assistant pharmacists, laboratory technicians, laboratory technologists, etc. are also on staff. Employees at hospital pharmacies deal with hospital pharmaceutical services within production, quality assurance, logistics and clinical pharmacy.
Employees in clinical pharmacies are generally affiliated with both somatic and psychiatric hospitals, which at hospital or department level buy services from clinical pharmacies. These include medicine services or contracts under which pharmaconomists dispense and administrate medicines to inpatients or keep medical records. Pharmacists may be hired to perform medicine reviews of individual patients’ medication to ensure optimal of use of medicines.
Clinical pharmacies also address issues within rational pharmacotherapy, answer technical and clinical questions, draw up guidelines, and teach. Clinical pharmacies also support the secretariats of regional pharmaceutical committees and implementation of guidelines from the Danish Medicines Council, and they participate in the expert committees under the Danish Medicines Council.
This is the fourth time that a clinical pharmacy report has been prepared. See the other reports here.