Oncology Pharmacy News

A position statement to describe the roles of oncology pharmacists and technicians in cancer patient care, created by ISOPP’s Credentialing, Specialization, Scope of Practice Task Force, is now published in the Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice (JOPP). 


We are ISOPP, was created by ISOPP’s volunteer leadership in support and celebration of this year's World Cancer Day's theme - ‘I Am and I Will', which is all about you and your commitment to act.


Watch for the launch of ISOPP’s virtual education program on Oncology Pharmacotherapy and Applications of Biosimilars in 2021; made possible through an educational grant from Pfizer. 


By Elaine Lazzaroni, Executive Vice President, SOBRAFO

With the central theme "Opportunities and challenges to the pharmacist in oncology: from patient safety to precision medicine", the 10th Brazilian Congress of Oncology Pharmacists (SOBRAFO 2020) took place between the 16th and 21st of November 2020 in a completely online edition due to the restrictions imposed by the Brazilian health authorities against the pandemic caused by Sars-CoV-2.


Rina Mutiara, Pharmacy Department, dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia

 The Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (CMH) is the principal teaching and referral hospital in Indonesia. It has more than 1000 bed hospital located in central Jakarta. Each day many patients attend CMH from Jakarta and other regions of Indonesia. As the main referral hospital in Indonesia, CMH can provide a role model for the practice of oncology in Indonesia. The hospital has 45 pharmacists. We only have 2 oncology pharmacists that give oncology service for inpatient and outpatient including pediatric and adult patients. The oncology pharmacy should be provided with sufficient staffing to run the service. Pharmacy department has the commitment to ”Help, give the best”.


By Hisanaga Nomura, Deputy Manager, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development, Japan

Every year, the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress is held in autumn. This year, it was held virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The registration was free, and I was able to participate in the ESMO Congress held in Japan without paying high travel expenses and taking time off from work. I found an interesting presentation at the ESMO Congress to introduce you to. Furthermore, I would like to introduce our approach in Japan in this regard


By Alex Chan, ISOPP Past President, United States

The Egyptian Foundation of Clinical Pharmacy (EFCP), which is a member organization of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), organized a webinar to celebrate the World Pharmacists Week on September 29, 2020.


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.