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Preview of the 2012 Portuguese Association of Hospital Pharmacists National Congress
  1. Helena Farinha1,
  2. Rute Varela2
  1. 1Department of Pharmacy - HEM, CHLO, Lisbon, Portugal; APFH Board member
  2. 2Department of Pharmacy - IPO Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal; APFH Board member
  1. Correspondence to Dr Helena Farinha, Department of Pharmacy - HEM, CHLO, Rua da Junqueira 126, Lisbon 1349-019, Portugal; mhmartins{at}

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The current concept of hospital pharmacy (HP) focuses on the existence of two major areas: logistics and clinical. Thus, HP is not only product or patient oriented pharmacy but a combination of both. Trends in the development and use of medications are key factors that will shape our profession in the coming years; others are related to the national and global economy status and healthcare reform. These factors will demand that hospital pharmacists continue to move towards team leadership of drug therapy management, aiming for …

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