Hospital pharmacies in Italy are playing a central role in managing clinical, as well as managerial and financial aspects related to drug-management strategies applied both within the organization and at the regional level. In this scenario, the present paper aims at identifying the new areas of competence of the hospital pharmacy, fastening its evolution process, and evaluating how technological innovation can support pharmacists to ensure high-quality medicines. What clearly results is the importance of centralizing and increasing the high-value tasks within the hospital pharmacy settings - such as those connected to intravenous compounding - through the implementation of innovative technologies, e.g. robotics solutions. Indeed, they can guarantee higher safety and traceability levels of drug flows, as well as improve efficiency through best practices and process standardization.
Keywords: Hospital pharmacy, technological innovation, safety, centralization, intravenous compounding, standardization
Carlo Polidori, Alessandro D’Arpino, Silvano Giorgi, Noemi Ombrosi, Matteo Federici, Caterina Donati, Fiorenza Enrico, Vincenzo Moretti, in "MECOSAN" 112/2019, pp. 103-112, DOI:10.3280/MESA2019-112006