Join Karmanos in Celebrating Michigan Pharmacy Week
Friday, October 19, 2012
Michigan Pharmacy Week – October 21-27, 2012 – gives pharmacists across the state a platform to reach out to their patients and communities. It gives us a chance to showcase the vital services and care that pharmacists provide on a daily basis to improve the well-being and health of our patients.
At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, our pharmacists have many different roles. Pharmacist specialists provide direct patient care services by attending rounds with physicians, fellows and residents, adjusting medication dosages, providing counseling regarding medications and chemotherapy, and resolving medication problems. Clinical pharmacists verify correctness and appropriateness of all medication orders, adjust antibiotics and anticoagulation medications for patients, validate chemotherapy regimens for all patients, and check chemotherapy and IV preparation.
Certified Pharmacy Technicians assist our pharmacists by performing various support duties. Filling of prescription medication orders, preparing IV solutions and chemotherapy, delivering medications to patient care areas, and floor stock medication replenishment are examples of technician activities. All pharmacy technicians at Karmanos Cancer Center have passed a national certification examination. These technicians possess the advanced drug knowledge and skill set needed to help the pharmacist provide optimal drug therapy to our cancer patients.
Celebrating Pharmacy Week allows us to appreciate pharmacists and technicians who are part of the team of healthcare professionals promoting the safe, effective use of all medications.