The Hospital's Pharmacy is very different from what one might consider a 'regular' pharmacy, a pharmacy where patients come to collect medicines that were prescribed by their doctors.
Medicines that a patient uses 'at home', i.e. the medicines a patient uses normally and which he or she is used taking may need to be changed once they are admitted to the Hospital and replaced with similar medicines that have the same effect and that are available in the Hospital. This means that the name of the medicinal product may change, tablets may look different or a combination product may have to be taken as two separate products. When taking a new patient's medical history, the doctor who conducts the initial examination will record all the patient's prescribed medicines and will decide whether the patient needs to continue to take these. A Hospital Pharmacist will then advise the prescribing doctor as to which of the Hospital's medicines are similar to the patient's normal medicines. In some cases, it may be necessary to contact the patient's general practitioner or talk to members of the patient's family in order to establish a patient's usual dosing schedule.
Providing all inpatients and outpatients with the necessary medicines, infusions and dressings can be quite a challenge. In order to make the entire process safe as well as economically viable, the number of medicines available in any one clinic is limited, i.e. for any one particular medicinal agent only one product containing that agent will be stocked as well as only one other product from a group of similar medicines that have the same effect. This means that Ludwigshafen Hospital's formulary consists of approximately 1,500 medicines, all of which are in stock at any one time.
In cases where the Pharmacy does not stock a medicine with the same effect as a patient's medicine, or there are medical reasons why a patient's medicine cannot be switched, the necessary products can be supplied within a number of hours. It is very important to us to be able to ensure that the supply of medicines to patients is as good as it can possibly be, and that there are no unwanted interruptions to this supply.
If you have any questions at all about your medicines while you are staying with us, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.