[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The development of clinical pharmacy activities in most European countries is underway; however, data on these activities are still poorly reported. Multicenter studies are necessary to standardize and demonstrate the value of clinical pharmacy activities in these countries.
To document clinical pharmacists' daily routine interventions (PIs) to identify trends of intervention, drugs, and situations most frequently associated with drug-related problems (DRPs) and to estimate physicians' acceptance of PI.
A prospective study of PIs was conducted in 6 French hospitals. The sample consisted of 300 randomized PIs per hospital, recorded during the medication order validation process when a DRP was identified. We recorded patients' demographic characteristics, drugs involved, wards, DRP description, pharmacists' recommendations, and whether or not the recommendations were accepted by the physicians.
A total of 38,626 medication orders were analyzed by 28 clinical pharmacists, leading to 1800 PIs (4.66 PIs per 100 medication orders). Of the 1800 PIs, 25.9% targeted psychotropic drugs, 15.9% targeted antithrombotic drugs, 15.5% targeted digestive and metabolic drugs, and 15.0% targeted cardiovascular drugs. The most commonly identified DRPs were nonconformity to guidelines or contraindication (21.3%), followed by improper administration (20.6%), supratherapeutic dose (19.2%), and drug interaction (12.6%). Nearly half (42.2%) of the pharmacists' recommendations were related to drug choice (drug switch 22.2%, drug discontinuation 16.3%, addition of a new drug 3.7%) followed by dose adjustment (23.8%), optimization of administration (21.9%; change of administration route 10.3%, administration modalities 11.6%), and need for drug monitoring (12.2%). The rate of physicians' acceptance was 73.4% (15.3% refusals, 11.3% not assessable).
In French hospitals, pharmacists contribute to preventing DRPs during medication order validation. This study suggests that a few types of drugs and errors constitute a substantial proportion of PIs. Knowledge of the most frequent DRPs could significantly increase the efficiency of clinical PIs.
Annals of Pharmacotherapy 07/2008; 42(7):1095-103. · 2.57 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The huge number of drug interactions makes it impossible to memorize them all. Detecting them and preventing adverse effects requires the use of reference works or databases. There are numerous discordances between the so-called "reference" books and databases. Nonexistent and unconfirmed interactions are published. The wording of the "drug interactions" section of the summary of product characteristics (SCP) sometimes sheds very little light on the risks involved. The delay by AFSSAPS in updating its drug interaction thesaurus may present problems in clinical practice. It is essential to know the limitations of the computerized systems for detecting and reporting drug interactions.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To validate an instrument for documentation of clinical pharmacy interventions in French speaking hospitals in France and outside of France.
A panel of 12 French speaking clinical pharmacists (six from France; six from French speaking countries) was asked to analyse a set of 60 pharmacist's interventions on drug prescription. They used a form including (1) the identification of the drug related problems (DRPs) (10 items), (2) the pharmacist's intervention (7 items). We assessed the level of agreement between the 12 pharmacists on the test DRPs and on the interventions.
Kappa coefficient of concordance was used to assess the level of agreement between experts for DRPs and interventions. We also assessed the userfriendliness of the instrument using Likert scales.
The level of concordance observed in the validation was 0.76 for DRPs and 0.89 for the type of intervention. Eleven experts out of 12 were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" and one "not satisfied" with the tool. Ten out of the 12 experts were ready to use it in daily practise.
The present instrument proposed by the French Society of Clinical Pharmacy (SFPC) is the first coding system for pharmacist's interventions with a French interface. The validation process using a standard statistical methodology helps support the external validity of our tool. The level of concordance between users can be considered as satisfactory, allowing the use of the tool in daily clinical pharmacy practise. To enhance the diffusion of the instrument and of the general process of routine documentation of interventions, a spreadsheet is provided on the French Society of Clinical Pharmacy website.
International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy 09/2006; 28(4):181-8. · 1.27 Impact Factor