The aim of the Clinical Pharmacology Department is to promote a reasoned, safe, effective and efficient use of medication at Vall d'Hebron University Hospital. Together with the Catalan Institute of Pharmacology Foundation, we are a WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Investigation.
Our activities are split into healthcare and institutional support, research, and education and training.
Healthcare and institutional support
- We are responsible for pharmacovigilance at the hospital:
- we resolve doctors’ queries regarding adverse reactions to medication.
- we carry out a programme for reporting suspected adverse reactions to medication.
- We hold information sessions for the hospital's departments.
- We help develop the selection of drugs and drug policies to promote their healthy use:
- we are actively involved in the hospital's Drug and Therapeutics Committee.
- we assess treatment authorisation requests at the Committee for the Assessment of Treatments with Special Conditions of Use (CATSEU).
- we help monitor the use of Hospital Outpatient Prescription Medication.
- we provide our point of view to the Pain Committee and the Thromboembolic Disease and Antibiotics Sub-Committees.
- We prepare and disseminate information on therapies and medication:
- we answer our hospital colleagues’ therapy-related questions about patients.
- we publicise medication safety alerts.
- We carry out pharmacoepidemiological studies:
- we describe the use of medication in everyday clinical practice.
- we generate information on the safety and effectiveness of medication under normal conditions of use.
- We support the actions of the hospital’s Drug Research Ethics Committees (CEIm).
- We are involved in the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute's Clinical Research Support Unit (USIC) .
Education and Training
- We train and educate Clinical Pharmacology specialists.
- We teach Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology at the hospital’s Autonomous University of Barcelona Teaching Unit.
- We take part in the European Programme in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology (Eu2P)
See the website of the Catalan Institute of Pharmacology Foundation
The Master's Degree in Biomedical and Translational Research is an official programme created to train researchers with the requisite combination of scientific knowledge and skills to contribute to the future success of biomedical research.
Fermín Fernández Álvarez, Porter Coordinator, explains the importance of the role these professionals play in the hospital. After 36 years at Vall d’Hebron, Fermín is a real master of the ways things are done. He says that a porter has to combine humility, discretion and safety with a single goal: that patients receive human and friendly treatment.
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