HOSPICE PHARMACY

According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the pharmacist’s role in hospice care involves assessing the appropriateness of medication orders for patients, ensuring timely provision of effective medications for symptom control and management, counseling and educating the hospice team about supportive care through the use of medication therapy, and ensuring that patients and caregivers understand and adhere to the directions provided with medications.

Need of addressing financial concerns specifically related to medication, ensuring safe and legal disposal of all medications after a patient’s death, and establishing and maintaining proficient communication with regulatory and licensing agencies are additional roles defined by the ASHP for pharmacists in hospice care.

Furthermore, the ASHP determines that pharmacists should have a defined scope of practice in hospice and palliative care settings as well as referral and communication guidelines. Documentation of services is vital, and should include medical record notes. In addition, pharmacists should have a role in interdisciplinary team meetings, and should sign off on patient reviews.

A prescription from a licensed practitioner is required for compounded medications

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