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The contribution of the clinical pharmacist in palliative care 

The contribution of the clinical pharmacist in palliative care
The contribution of the clinical pharmacist in palliative care

Margaret Gibbs

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date: 16 May 2022

The inclusion of a pharmacist in the palliative care team is becoming appreciated and widespread. Effective medicines management can improve patient outcomes and have financial benefits for organizations. Most patients prefer to spend as much time as possible at home so pharmacist input in the community is especially crucial in ensuring they receive their medicines and have information to support them in taking them. Palliative care normally involves using strong opioids and the legal requirements surrounding their use can be complex. Pharmacists have detailed knowledge in this area so can advise services how to use them safely and legally. It is common practice to use medicines outside their licence in palliative care, for other indications and routes than originally designed and also when mixing them in syringes for continuous infusion. Information on these practices can be best provided by pharmacists.

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