Hospice Patients Alliance: Consumer Advocates


The hospice pharmacist works mostly "behind the scenes" at the hospice agency's offices or at a pharmacy under contract with the hospice to provide medications for its hospice patients. Considering the types of medicines prescribed for the terminally ill, the hospice pharmacist must be especially careful in the management of the controlled substances used, such as narcotics or other controlled medications.

Pharmacists often have the ability to catch potentially harmful medication combinations which others may miss or not be aware of. They will be able to see a list of all medications being given to your loved one and will then be able to recognize medications which perhaps may not be given together. Sometimes a physician will add on another medication without reviewing the entire list of medications which the patient may be receiving. The pharmacist is a great "check and balance" for the administration of medications to the hospice patient.

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