Before administration to patients, parenteral medicines must be in a ready-to-administer (RTA) form, presented at the required concentration and volume, in the final container (syringe, infusion bag or elastomeric device) for administration. Unless provided by the marketing authorisation holder in an RTA form, parenteral medicines have to be reconstituted.
The quality of reconstituted medicines should ideally be the same, regardless of where the reconstitution takes place, in the clinical area – for example, on a ward or in theatre – or within a pharmacy. Although guidance on reconstitution is available in some countries, this is not the case across all member states of the Council of Europe.
In June 2016, the Council of Europe adopted Resolution CM/Res(2016)2 on good reconstitution practices in healthcare establishments for medicinal products for parenteral use with a view to improving the safety of patients receiving reconstituted injectable medicines, and enabling risk reduction in Europe.
This webinar provides some practical examples of how the provisions set out in the above resolution can be transposed into national legislation and implemented in a hospital pharmacy setting. It also highlights some of the challenges that may affect the implementation process and outlines strategies to overcome them. Finally, it provides the nurses’ perspective on the reconstitution process and their co-operation with hospital pharmacists.
Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes.
This webinar is for healthcare professionals, in particular pharmacists working in hospital pharmacies, nurses and physicians. It will also be of interest to healthcare and patient associations, as well as national competent authorities and ministries of health.
Those looking to learn more about the EDQM and its role in setting quality and safety standards in pharmaceutical practices and pharmaceutical care should also find it useful.
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- Welcome Address by Henk Scheepers
- Implementation of the resolution at national and hospital level by Mkrtich Shakaryan
- Implementation of the resolution at national and hospital level by Andras Sule
- Nurses’ perspective on the reconstitution process and cooperation with hospital pharmacists by Elizabeth Adams
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