Eur J Hosp Pharm 20:144 doi:10.1136/ejhpharm-2013-000278
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Hospital pharmacist role in an autoimmune disease unit: an opportunity for improvement

  1. Mercedes Fernández-Prieto1
  1. 1Department of Pharmacy, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
  2. 2Department of Internal Medicine, Autoimmune Disease Unit, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Virginia Martínez Santana, Department of Pharmacy, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid, C/Ramón y Cajal, 3, Valladolid 47003, Spain; vmartinez1{at}

During the past 50 years, healthcare has progressed enormously, improving the health and quality of life of patients. The reasons are many but the contribution of pharmacists has played an important role.1

Patients with autoimmune diseases are subject to multiple and complex chronic treatments. A large proportion of patients do not respond to treatment, lose response to treatment, do not tolerate or have adverse reactions to treatment. Therefore, the activity of the pharmacist in the autoimmune disease unit would be an opportunity to improve the health of patients.

In this kind of unit the establishment of prevention of adverse reactions systems should be suggested as …

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