Noyes Health System Pharmacists Highlight Vital Role in Improving Patient Safety Pharmacy Week Activities Offer Opportunities for Patients to Learn about Medication Safety
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Noyes Health System Pharmacists Highlight Vital Role in Improving Patient Safety!
Pharmacists at Noyes Health will use National Hospital & Health-System Pharmacy Week, October 19-25, 2014, to underscore the many new and vital roles they now play in patient care. The evolution has been especially dramatic in recent years as pharmacists have moved beyond compounding and dispensing medications to become vital members of multidisciplinary patient-care teams.
“Many consumers are not aware that pharmacists play a critical role in preventing medication errors, advising prescribers on the best drug choices, and working directly with patients to ensure they understand how to use their medications safely and effectively,” said Frank DeMarzo, Noyes Health Pharmacy Department Director. “Pharmacy Week is a great way to educate the public about how pharmacists can help them get the most benefit from their medicine.”
Hospital and health-system pharmacists have been able to take on enhanced patient-care roles because of a number of factors, including the deployment of highly trained, certified technicians and new technologies like robotics that dispense medications. As technology evolves—such as the addition of machine-readable codes to medication labels—patients will have greater opportunities to have a pharmacist involved in their care.
“Frank and his team play a crucial role in patient care and we know how fortunate we are to have such a dedicated group of professionals in the Noyes Health Pharmacy Department”, said Cynthia Oswald, Director of Public Relations and Marketing. Noyes Health employs four pharmacists, four pharmacy technicians and one module coordinator all located at the hospital facility.