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Medication event monitoring system, MEMSTM: The pill bottle cap contains a micro-electronic circuit that registers when the bottle is opened. This data may then be transferred to a computer via a reading device
The use of microelectronic adherence monitoring (Medication Event
Monitoring System, MEMS TM , Fig. 1 ) provides a
valuable estimate of the timing of events and insights into
patients’ behaviour in taking medication.
Jaehde, Ulrich; Liekweg, Andrea; Simons, Sven; Westfeld, MartinaJournal: Pharmacy World & Science
Issue 2DOI: 10.1007/s11096-007-9157-4Published: 2008-02-22Institution(s):
University of Bonn, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet Bonn
Aim of the review To review the consequences of drug-related problems (DRP) in systemic cancer therapy and identify specific contributions of the pharmacist to minimise treatment-associated risks. Method Searches in PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Library were conducted. Bibliographies of retrieved articles were examined for additional references. Only papers in English between 1980 and 2007 were included. Results In systemic cancer therapy there is an enormous potential for DRP due to the high toxicity and the complexity of most therapeutic regimens. The most frequently reported DRP can be classified into adverse effects, drug–drug interactions, medication errors, and non-adherence. Pharmacists have enhanced efforts to assure quality and safety in systemic cancer therapy together with other health care providers. In consequence, oncology pharmacy has evolved as a novel specialist discipline. The endeavour to merge and co-ordinate individual activities and services of the pharmacist has led to pharmaceutical care concepts which aim at offering novel solutions to the various DRP. Conclusion Pharmaceutical care for cancer patients should be developed within research projects and integrated into disease management programs in order to ensure broad implementation.
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