Frédéric Benizri

Hôpitaux Universitaires La Pitié salpêtrière - Charles Foix, Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France

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    ABSTRACT: While home-based chemotherapy improves comfort and quality of life of patients, quality and safety conditions must be equivalent to hospital settings. In addition, organization is much more complex. At the hospital at home "Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris", prescribers are potentially spread across 21 health facilities. The administration of chemotherapy is performed by about 300 nurses at the patient's home in Paris and its suburbs. Centralized preparations of chemotherapy began in September 2009 by the pharmacy department of Georges-Pompidou European hospital, with a progressive increase of the activity. This article describes the quality insurance system established with this new organization to meet the specific challenges of home therapy: choice of eligible anticancer drugs, computerized information systems and networking with other heath facilities, secure transport conditions, traceability from the prescription to the administration, security of administration. This experience can offer an important support for other centres in their approach of quality insurance for home chemotherapy.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2010 · Bulletin du cancer
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this work was first to define which antineoplastic agents with sufficiently long stability could be eligible in the circuit of home-based therapy (centralised preparation, transport to the patient's home and administration by nurses) and, second, to propose a standardisation of the stability data of anticancer drugs in use for home hospitalisation. A survey carried out in six hospital pharmacies of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) hospitals, with important activity in oncology, listed the stability data used locally by each site. The final goal is to reach a consensus for the stability of cytotoxic drugs, which was the result of an original collaboration between the pharmacists of the compounding unit and the quality control unit. These results were compared to marketing authorisation data. The survey showed that eight antineoplastic agents of 34 were prepared under identical conditions (infusion diluent, concentration range, protection from light, temperature) by all hospitals (3 < or = n < or = 6): the stability was identical between each site for only two cytotoxic drug preparations (fotemustine and gemcitabine) and varied by up to 168 h or 7 days for the preparations of dacarbazine, epirubicine and cisplatin. Stability validated by pharmacists and those provided by marketing authorisation ranged respectively from "extemporaneously prepared" at 1,344 h (median = 168 h) to "extemporaneously prepared" at 720 h (median = 4 h). For 11 antineoplastic drugs, no information about the stability after compounding was specified in the marketing authorisation. Of all cytotoxic drugs used in the Hospital at Home of AP-HP, stability after compounding validated by pharmacists was less than 30 h for six of them, between 30 and 78 h for four and exceeding 78 h for the remaining 24. Considering the lack of data about cytotoxic drugs stability provided by the pharmaceutical companies and the difficulties in retrieving and interpreting the literature data, a consensus on the stability of cytotoxic drug preparations is essential for the current practice. With this approach, initiated for home hospitalisation, we propose in this study an initiative of the standardisation of stability data which offers a decision support for other centres.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2009 · International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
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    Full-text · Article · Jan 2008 · Retrovirology