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Management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in community pharmacy: situation in Champagne-Ardenne Volume 33, issue 3, Septembre 2014

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1 Réseau régional de cancérologie Champagne Ardenne, France
2 URPS pharmaciens Champagne Ardenne Reims, France
3 Institut Jean Godinot Reims, France
4 Faculté de pharmacie de Reims, EA4691-BIOS, France
5 Pharmacien Chalons en Champagne, France
6 LEO Pharma Voisins le Bretonneux, France
7 CHU de Reims, France
8 OMEDIT de Champagne-Ardenne, France
9 Faculté de médecine de Reims, France
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  • Key words: community pharmacists, thrombosis, cancer, recommendations
  • DOI : 10.1684/jpc.2014.0286
  • Page(s) : 119-24
  • Published in: 2014

Venous thromboembolism is common in cancer. Low molecular weight heparins (LMWH) are recommended for prolonged treatment (3-6 months or more if the cancer is active) of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in cancer. The community pharmacists are often faced with questions from patients. The main objective was to describe the organization, practices and knowledge of pharmacists for treatment of venous thromboembolism in cancer patients. Method: A descriptive web survey was conducted in October and November 2013 among pharmacists in the Champagne-Ardenne region. The questionnaire collected data on the general organization of the pharmacy, management of ambulatory cancer patients with thrombosis, the level knowledge regarding the recommendations on the management of thrombosis in patients with cancer. Results: The participation rate was 31.6%. In 93% of cases, pharmacists had no particular expertise in oncology and/or supportive care. In addition, 96% did not know the existence of recommendations for “thrombosis in cancer.” Finally, 49% gave the correct answer to the case report (LMWH). Conclusion: Training sessions on the management of VTE in cancer are currently available to pharmacists in the region for the year 2014. A new assessment of knowledge will be performed at the end of the year. This regional experience could spread to other regions.