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ISOPP Members, the seventy-fifth issue of the Virtual Journal Club (VJC) is available on the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP) website. To access it, visit the https://www.isopp.org/isopp-education-resources/virtual-journal-club-surveys 

ISOPP is forming an Immunotherapy Task Force and we are looking for members who can be part of developing a global position statement on the pharmacist’s role in the era of Immunotherapy; incorporating a focus on low to middle income countries.  In addition, the Task Force’s mandate includes developing a Toolkit for patient and health care professional, and providing education and training opportunities at a future ISOPP Symposium. Please express your interest in being part on the Task Force via email at immunotherapy@isopp.org by Monday, September 28, 2020. 

Over the past few months, COVID-19 has greatly affected the way we provide oncology services. ISOPP is currently leading a global project to evaluate the impact on COVID-19 on oncology pharmacy practice. 

We need your help with this project. You are selected to participate because you are a pharmacy practitioner and member of the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP).  

We are looking for membership feedback on the ISOPP Position Paper for the Role of the Oncology Pharmacy Team in Cancer Care (log in as a member) developed by the ISOPP Credentialing/Specialization/Scope of Practice Task Force. The deadline for comments is Friday, October 9, 2020.

Oncology Pharmacy News

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By Asomaniwaa Owusu-Ansah, Erith Pharmaceuticals and Health Services Ltd, Accra, Ghana

Since 2016, Erith Health Services has distributed safety equipment to cancer centers; equipment that are intended to provide personal protection to health professionals who handle chemotherapy medicines to significantly minimize risks associated with exposure. Our core solution: to improve cancer treatment outcomes by improving the conditions under which health workers prepare, administer and dispose off chemotherapy. 

It was the morning of Tuesday, March 31, 2020, I woke up to prepare for work as usual. I got ready and set out in my car at about 7:30am to arrive the hospital within the usual 20 minutes drive. I live in a satellite town, outskirt of the capital city of Nigeria (Abuja). I had barely driven for five minutes when I met a military check point with many vehicles in a long queue, taking turns to be cleared, before continuing their journey. 

By Lynne Nakashima, BSc(Pharm), PharmD, FCAPhO, Provincial Pharmacy Director, BC Cancer
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the entire world in just a short time.  The impacts have been enormous and far reaching!  For the world of Pharmacy, it thrust us into the spotlight, as front-line workers, both in retail and hospital sectors where most of the Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and Assistants work in front line positions, caring for patients.

In light of Covid-19 there have been some mitigation strategies implemented either nationally or within local hospitals. As a group of clinical academics based at University College London we are interested in understanding the approach your institution has taken regarding the care of cancer patients, in terms of the policies/practice regulations which have been issued and how these have been translated into practice. We believe you can help shed light on this.

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Newsletter - Volume 22 | No. 2 & 3 | June and September 2020

Newsletter - Vol 22, No. 1. March 2020

Newsletter - Vol 21, No. 4. December 2019

Newsletter - Vol 21, No. 3. September 2019