The Order of Pharmacists of Quebec awards the 2024 Innovation prize to the Magistrales standardisés au Québec (MSQ) project team

The Order of Pharmacists of Quebec awards the 2024 Innovation prize to the Magistrales standardisés au Québec (MSQ) project team
The Order of Pharmacists of Quebec awards the 2024 Innovation prize to the Magistrales standardisés au Québec (MSQ) project team

The MSQ project aims to standardize compounding preparations carried out in pharmacies of health establishments and in community pharmacies in Quebec.

Compounded preparations are an important tool for personalizing treatment in exceptional and specific situations for which access to the medication is otherwise impossible. They are preparations or “recipes” made manually whose aim is to produce a form of medicine that is not commercially available. We can therefore have a dosage required for a patient or adapt the form to their needs, such as a syrup prepared from the tablets. Compounded preparations are even more useful in pediatrics to enable the administration of an adequate dose or for children who are unable to swallow a solid oral form of a medication.

However, there are risks associated with compounding; this project aims in particular to reduce them, and to facilitate the daily lives of all pharmacists.

The standardized master formulas are distributed in the Rx Vigilance software and on a CHU Sainte-Justine web page, making them accessible to both community pharmacies and hospital settings. The positive impacts are numerous; note the improvement in the quality of care, the improvement of risk management and patient safety and the offering of standardized master formulas supported by evidence and whose quality has been assessed by experts.

In this project, the Order highlights the concerted efforts of pharmacists from different practice settings. Indeed, the MSQ project is coordinated by the Pharmacy Department of CHU Sainte-Justine and is carried out in partnership with the Quebec Association of Pharmacists Owners, the Association of Pharmacists of Health Establishments of Quebec, the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Montreal and Vigilance Santé. A strategic committee and a committee of experts have been set up and total nearly 20 experts in their field.

Watch this video to learn more about the innovative MSQ project.

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