Department of Hospital Pharmacy Director:YAMADA, Kiyofumi(Professor)

Solely in charge of management of the large quantities of medicines and drugs

To ensure safe and high quality pharmaceutical care, the department of hospital pharmacy controls the supply of medications and provides information on medication to both staffs and patients. Our primary mission is to provide patient-focused and cost-effective pharmaceutical care to all patients.

Operation System

The department consists of a drug dispensing section, injection dispensing section, drug formulation sections (I, II and III), narcotic drug section, drug information section, medication record management sections (I, II and III), testing laboratory, drug affairs section, advanced medical drug support section, drug safety control support section, management unit of unapproved medication and others, management unit of investigational drugs, and administration office.

Scope of Medical Services

The department purchases, prepares, formulates, and manages drugs; prepares infusion solutions and anticancer drugs; keeps control of narcotic drugs; and gathers and provides information on drugs. The department is also in charge of the operations of the pharmaceutical affairs committee, therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM), pharmaceutical care plan, medication guidance, medication reconciliation on admission, and patient education upon discharge from the hospital.


Pharmacists give patients a variety of professional services that provide maximum benefit within minimum adverse effects of drug therapy. For example, pharmacists cooperate with physicians in each department to provide pharmaceutical care not only for inpatients, but also for outpatients in pharmacist-managed clinics [asthma clinic, warfarin clinic, dementia clinic, chronic kidney disease (CKD) clinic, oncology pharmacist clinic, and peritoneal dialysis (PD) clinic] to improve the outcome of drug therapy and to minimize the adverse effects.

Medical Service Results

Other support includes checking prescriptions for cancer chemotherapy, preparing antineoplastic drugs according to certified regimens (Department of Clinical Oncology and Chemotherapy), and testing drugs used for PET (Central Block of Radiology).

Other Undertakings and Research

In our department, there are 57 pharmacists (board-certified pharmacists and pharmacy specialists certified by academic societies) and 20 doctoral degree holders. The Director for the Department of Hospital Pharmacy and one of six Deputy Directors for the Department of Hospital Pharmacy also teach at the School of Medicine and the Department of Neuropsycho-pharmacology and Hospital Pharmacy of the Graduate School of Medicine.