- Clinical Pharmacy Services
What was done?:
A multidisciplinary team (CAR-T team) was constituted for the management of CAR-T therapies (Chimeric Antigen Receptor T). The pharmacist was included in the team for the planning and organisational phase of the process.
Why was it done?:
How was it done?:
The pharmacist is responsible for the approval of the physician’s prescription, the LC preparation according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), the LC distribution on scheduled time, the making available of treatments for supporting the patient until CAR-T infusion, and treatments after infusion for management of adverse events. At the arrival of the CAR-T product, the pharmacist is responsible for the check and release of it in good condition. The LC protocols foresee the administration of cyclophosphamide and fludarabine on the 5th, 4th and 3rd day before the CAR-T infusion, and are defined on the basis of the summary-of-product characteristics. The medications are provided locally and refunded by the national health system.
What has been achieved?:
In our center 8 patients were treated with compassionate use of axicabtagene ciloleucel. The pharmacist’s presence in the multidisciplinary team was advantageous because, through validation of the therapies and verification of dosages, they guarantee further security to the patients. The high-tech automated centralisation and computerisation of chemotherapies at our centre ensured quality and safety of the preparations.
- Clinical pharmacy›Multidisciplinary team
- Patient safety›High risk medication