The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee is a standing medical committee of healthcare professionals. The committee is composed chiefly of physicians, pharmacists and nurses with broad representation from physician specialty groups in the hospital.
The primary purposes of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee are:
The committee recommends the adoption of, or assists in the formulation of policies regarding evaluation, selection, and therapeutic use of drugs in the hospital.
The committee recommends or assists in the formulation of programs designed to meet the continuing needs of the professional staff (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare practitioners) on matters related to, drugs and drug use.
Scope of functions:
The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee functions are:
• To serve in an advisory capacity to the medical staff and hospital administration in all matters pertaining to the use of drugs.
• To develop a formulary of drugs accepted for use in the hospital and provide for its constant revision; the selection of items to be included in the formulary will be based on objective evaluation of their respective therapeutic merits, safety, and cost; the committee strives to minimize duplication of the same basic drug type, drug entity, or drug product.
• To establish programs and procedures that help ensure cost-effective drug therapy.
• To establish or plan suitable educational programs for the hospital’s professional staff on matters related to drug use.
• To participate in quality-assurance activities related to the distribution, administration, and safe use of medications.
• To review adverse drug reactions and medication errors occurring in the hospital and recommend corrective action.
• To initiate and/or direct drug-use review programs and ensure follow-up of the results.
• To advise the pharmacy in the implementation of effective drug distribution and control procedures.
• To make recommendations concerning those drugs to be stocked in hospital patient-care areas.
• To develop and/or approve policies and procedures relating to the selection, distribution, handling, use, and administration of drugs and diagnostic testing materials.