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Hospital pharmacist’s role in procurement ensuring that every patient receives the medication they need
  1. Stephanie Kohl
  1. Correspondence to Stephanie Kohl, Policy and Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels 1200, Belgium; Stephanie.Kohl{at}

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During its General Assembly in mid-June, the 35 member associations of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) adopted a position on procurement. To ensure the achievement of procurement quality and to assure the continuity of supply of quality medicines to patients, EAHP’s member associations stressed the need to involve hospital pharmacists in the different types of procurement practices and processes. This includes their engagement at both local and national levels.

As stakeholders in the procurement process, hospital pharmacists play a vital role in ensuring that a functional, safe, cost-effective and reliable hospital formulary is designed. Their perspective in the entire procurement process, starting with the decisions of the drug and therapeutic committee about medicines policy and use within the hospital, will help with the identification of high-risk medicines, link procurement with patient need, and guarantee the implementation of appropriate procedures to reduce vulnerability in the supply chain. …

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