Italian Society of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapy

released: 1 December 2015
last updated: 1 December 2015


How this list was created:

The 5 recommendations of SIFACT were discussed and identified through a dedicated website in which the proposals of recommendation were uploaded and comments by participants were collected. The development of these recommendations has involved a group of 20 pharmacists, who proposed more than 25 topics that were thought to be potentially suitable for this initiative.Ten of these recommendations were identified within a project of disinvestment completed in November 2015 (Messori A, Trippoli S, Fadda V, Maratea D. Producing evidence in support of disinvestment: the experience of the Tuscany region in Italy. Eur J Intern Med. 2015 Nov 9. pii: S0953-6205(15)00350-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ejim.2015.10.021, url ), but this material was thought to be too oriented towards economic purposes so that these topics were excluded from the final 5 recommendations.
Among the remaining 15 recommendations, 5 were finally selected and represented those submitted by SIFACT to Slow Medicine. Overall, a total of 8 pharmacists contributed to write these 5 recommendations. The evidence on which these 5 recommendations were based was the following: at least one meta-analysis of randomized trials (recommendations 1, 4 and 5), at least two randomised trials (recommendation 3), one prospective cohort study (recommendation 2).
Contributors: Riccardo Bertin, Maria Font, Daniele Mengato, Andrea Messori, Rossella Moscogiuri, Cristina Puggioli, Roberta Rampazzo, Sabrina Trippoli.

About this society:

SIFACT (Società Italiana di Farmacia Clinica e Terapia. Italian Society of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics) was founded in 2012 and since then is active at national level as a reference institution for the pharmacists of the NHS who work in the area of clinical pharmacy.The pharmacists of the NHS are professionals who have graduated in pharmacy and have completed a 4-year specialization course of Hospital Pharmacy. In the framework of clinical pharmacy, the perspective of clinical pharmacists is not represented by medicines, but by patients. Hence, the priorities of clinical pharmacists are not oriented towards the handling of medicines, but are specifically focused on the therapy of patients. Typically, this type of work is carried out in a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, and all other professionals working in the hospital.
The aim of SIFACT is to pursue the optimisation of health care and to promote the constitutional right of citizens to public healthcare. Since its foundation, SIFACT recognises the principles of honesty, transparency, independence, passion, and courage.