Innovative database to be further developed
Pharmaceutical manufacturing: a database has been designed to support quality assurance and management processes
A hospital pharmacy database is among the technologies selected for further development by NHS Innovations, a network of regional intellectual property organisations (known as “hubs”) set up across England to capture and commercialise ideas generated by NHS employees.
The database is designed to support the quality assurance and management processes involved in pharmaceutical manufacturing. It is being developed by the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust in partnership with a small software company.
Nearly 500 ideas were brought to the attention of NHS Innovations during the year to March 2004, with the manufacturing database being one of over 100 projects selected for further development.
Other ideas that are to be taken forward include a project to improve the chemotherapeutic management of cancer patients by providing “real time” information about the effect of specific anticancer drugs on a particular patient’s cancer cells. The technology, developed at Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University NHS Trust, helps clinicians to predict a patient’s response to chemotherapies before treatment is initiated and to reduce side effects. It was one of the winners for an innovative device or technology in the North West hub.
A database of clinical trial activity and appropriate contacts for clinical trials in the North West of England, has also been selected, as has an antimicrobial respiratory drug delivery system. The clinical trials database was set up by TrusTECH, the organisation based at Manchester Royal Infirmary that acts as the NHS Innovations hub in the area. The antimicrobial delivery system was developed at Barts and The London NHS Trust and was one of three joint winners in the East London hub.
NHS Innovations was set up in 2001 to prevent the benefits of good ideas generated by NHS employees being lost to the inventor, the NHS and UK economy. The first annual report was published on 29 December 2004 and is available at www.innovations.nhs.uk
Citation: Hospital Pharmacist URI: 10022229
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