Since its foundation, the Hospital Pharmacy's most important role has been the safe, prompt and economical supply of high quality medicinal products to both inpatients and outpatients. This role basically consists of the professional input and economic assessment required in the procurement of finished drug products on the one hand and, where this is economically feasible, the preparation of medicines for specific medical needs. Over the past few years, the pharmacy's main areas of responsibility have widened and now include specific advisory functions in relation to information available on medicinal products, including information relating to pharmacoeconomic aspects of medicines. Other new responsibilities include the involvement in clinical trials as well as the preparation of patient-specific medicines and, in particular, chemotherapeutic agents. We hope to contribute to therapeutic success by striving to ensure an optimum service to all patients. This means ensuring patients receive their medicines quickly and that all medicines meet the highest standards of quality and safety.