A Clinical Pharmacist will be a member of your health care team. He or she is a Pharmacist who has a Pharmacy degree and often a clinical doctorate degree and specialty training in a hospital. The Leukemia/BMT Program’s pharmacists have advanced specialty training in leukemia and bone marrow transplantation. They work directly with patients and the health care team, and are responsible for providing unbiased, patient-specific drug prescribing information and for identifying, preventing and resolving drug related problems.
There are three Clinical Pharmacists in the Program – two on the Inpatient Unit and one in the Outpatient Unit. Clinical Pharmacists assist the physicians in selecting drugs and their doses. They are also available to help you and your family learn about chemotherapy and supportive care medications. In addition they will monitor all your medications to ensure that you are on the most appropriate medication at the best dose for you.
At the beginning of your transplant treatment and again at discharge, the Clinical Pharmacist will provide written and verbal information regarding your medications. You should keep this drug information with you at all times.
The Clinical Pharmacists will work closely with the Social Workers to help sort out any financial issues that may arise with the discharge medications.
The Clinical Pharmacists work 8-hour shifts from Monday to Friday.