The EDQM has issued its Guidelines on ‘Best Practice for the Automated Dose Dispensing (ADD) Process and Care and Safety of Patients’. ADD is an automated process, which allows one or more medicinal products to be dispensed into a container/pouch for a patient to take at a particular date and time.
The EDQM’s ADD guidelines take into consideration the diversity of practices across Europe, and aim to ensure that ADD care is provided to a consistently high standard, and that medicines continue to be supplied safely to patients.
The role of the EDQM in pharmaceutical care
The Guidelines were drafted by a working group of experts from government, academia, pharmacy and industry from countries across Europe and were then reviewed and updated following an EDQM expert workshop. Following stakeholder consultation and final approval from the European Committee on Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Care (CD-P-PH) and its subordinate body, the Committee of Experts on Quality and Safety Standards in Pharmaceutical Practices and Pharmaceutical Care (CD-P-PH/PC) the guidelines have now been finalised.