We offer services in Clinical Pharmacology, supply other departments (diagnostic and therapeutical) with all that is required, and we manage the Central Unit of Chemotherapy Dialysis, preparing the medication which is to be administered to patients undergoing this specific treatment.
Marina Markidou, Clinical Pharmacologist, heads the Department, and our pharmaceutical technicians Natalie Menelaou, Konstantinos Panagi, Georgia Gerogiou and Marina Evripidou are members of the team.
In collaboration with the medical staff of the GOC, the aim is to promote the rational use of drugs by our patients, so as to treat and prevent any interactions and side effects. The Pharmacist participates in the early morning Medical Council, as well as in doctor’s visits (“rounds”) to the patients’ wards.
The control and checking of the chemotherapy protocols for the correctness of the dosage and the means of dissolution of the drugs is of great significance. And of course the Head of Pharmacy always advises the nursing staff on how to administer medicines and other preparations.
The In-House Pharmacy responsible for ordering medicines, serums, drugs and other preparations.
It is also deals with storing, controlling and maintaining the stock, as well as supplying various departments with the necessary medicines.
Each department sends its orders to the Pharmacy once a week , and the following day next day, all orders are prepared and delivered to all departments.
The Dissolution Unit of Chemotherapeutic Drugs is configured in three different locations, on premises. The first, is where the chemotherapy drugs are stored. In the second place, the various materials (needles, syringes, sera) that will be used to dissolve the chemo-medicines are prepared. And in the third, the so-called “clean room”, the chemotherapy drugs are dissolved in a special canopy (laminar flow), ensuring the safe dissolution of drugs, both for patients and employees.
This procedure is performed by the specially trained Pharmacy Assistant Technicians, always under the supervision of the Medical Pharmacist who performs the final checks on the product.
We suggest you speak to your personal doctor at the GOC, and of course you can always ask us at the Pharmacy. (Contact info is on this page)
No, you should never break the pill or dismantle the capsule, which should be swallowed intact and without chewing it. But, again you can always contact your pharmacist, who might be able to suggest a similar medicine in different form, if of course it is available.
Of course you can, there is no problem whatsoever. Your chemo treatment does not effect those close or near to you. However, if your medication is taken orally, you must be careful that nobody gets to touch it in any way. Special caution is required by women who are pregnant or milk-feeding.
Some medicine should be stored in a refrigerator, but not in the deep freeze compartment. The rest are usually kept in a dry and shady place, at a room temperature of 23°-25° Celsius. We never store medicines in damp rooms (eg in bathrooms), or in direct contact with sunshine. And do not keep them in places where you store food, or which can be accessible to children.
You must contact your doctor immediately. Explain and describe your side-effects, and he/she will tell you whether these are because of the medication, or due to something else.