The Department of Pharmacy is responsible for the drug supply, management and production of drugs, clinical pharmacy services and comprehensive pharmacy management of the hospital. It has now developed into an integrated discipline involving not only drug supply management, clinical pharmacy services, but also pharmaceutical research and clinical pharmacy education. In 2004, it was approved by the Ministry of Public Health as one of the first member units of the Center for Antibacterial Surveillance. In 2007, it became a leading member of the Center for Antibacterial Surveillance in Shanghai. In 2006, it became one of the first national clinical pharmacist training bases approved by the Ministry of Public Health. In 2008, it was nominated a pilot hospital for the establishment of a clinical pharmacist system by the Ministry of Public Health. In 2012, it became a training base of clinical pharmacist teachers for the Ministry of Public Health, as well as a unit responsible for clinical pharmacy training programs in Shanghai. In 2016, it was selected as a key unit for the specialty construction project of clinical pharmacy in Shanghai.

Its director and academic leader is Prof. Lyu Qianzhou (from 1998 to date), and its deputy director is Associate Chief Pharmacist Zhang Jianzhong.

The department has set up an outpatient pharmacy, a pharmacy of traditional medicine, an emergency pharmacy, an inpatient pharmacy, a transfer pharmacy, an operation pharmacy (a three -level drug administration center), a drug storehouse, a warehouse for infusion and disinfectants, pharmacy intravenous admixture service (PIVAS), a clinical pharmacy room, a hospital preparation room, a drug analysis room, a pharmaceutical research laboratory and other divisions. There are 182 workers in the department, 7 with senior professional titles, 1 with doctoral degree, 17 with master’s degree, 78 with bachelor’s degree and 68 with college degree. They provide comprehensive professional services in various aspects of pharmacy.

Clinical features

The department has taken the lead in China to implement real stock management of drugs and a three-level management model, namely the integrated, stepwise, dynamic and digital management of drugs in circulation, use and storage. By expanding drug management to every department of medication, it maximizes the economic value of drugs.

The newly-built PIVAS in Zhongshan Hospital is the largest of its type in China and even in the world. It provides all inpatients over 1600 hospital beds with services of long-term medical orders for general infusions, and temporary and long-term medical orders for the use of cytotoxic drugs and TPN. It is a new working mode allowing clinical pharmacists to intervene in rational use of drugs.

A new preparation room in Zhongshan hospital was built in the middle of 2012 and passed the acceptance inspection at the beginning of 2013. It is now the largest and newest hospital preparation room in Chinese hospitals, the establishment of which demonstrates that the  conditions, facilities and internal quality management of drug preparation in our hospital have reached a newer and higher level.

The department started the work of clinical pharmacy in 2001 and established one of the first teams of full-time clinical pharmacists. There are now 18 full-time clinical pharmacists in the department whose work extends to a dozen more clinical departments and wards of the hospital, and they play an increasingly important role in medication. In 2006, the hospital was selected as one of the first 19 pilot training bases of clinical pharmacists by the Ministry of Public Health. Up to now, it has trained 75 clinical pharmacists possessing national certificates for other domestic hospitals. In 2008, the hospital became one of the pilot units for the establishment of the clinical pharmacist system by the Department of Medical Administration in the Ministry of Public Health. In 2012, it became one of the first 12 training bases of clinical pharmacist teachers for the Ministry of Public Health, and has trained 86 teachers of clinical pharmacists for several units. Zhongshan hospital is now the only one local hospital in Shanghai that functions as both a clinical pharmacists training base and a clinical pharmacist teachers training base for the Ministry of Public Health.

Teaching and Academic Research Achievements

The department is now a training base for the doctoral and master students of pharmacology and clinical pharmacy in Fudan University. Since 2012, it has trained one doctor student and 3 Master students. There are still 8 doctoral candidates and 6 graduates under training now. The department undertakes teaching tasks of undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Pharmacy, Fudan University. It also offers internship, on-the-job training and guidance on graduation thesis for undergraduates and college students from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Xuzhou Medical College, Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences, Shanghai Pharmaceutical School, Shanghai Academy of Health Sciences and other colleges and universities. It has trained more than 120 students in recent years. In addition, the department has received 8 Pharm. D students from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science(ACPHS) and provided didactic and clinical teaching for them.

In the past few years, the department has undertaken two projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, one sub-project of the Major Project of New Drug Discovery in the Twelfth Five-year Plan funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, a Science and Technology Support Project of Traditional Chinese Medicine and three other projects launched by Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission, a project of the New Hundred-Talent Program of the Health System in Shanghai and more than 10 projects of Shanghai Pharmaceutical Association. It has transferred two of its R&D achievements. The department staff have compiled 3 monographs as chief editors and 8 as deputy chief editors. They have also participated in the compilation of many other teaching materials and academic books, and published 6 SCI theses and more than 200 papers in Chinese top journals.

Prof. Lv Qianzhou also works as vice president of Shanghai Pharmaceutical Association, chairman of Expert Committee of Hospital Pharmacy, Shanghai Pharmaceutical Association, a member of Expert Committee on Rational Use of Drugs of the Ministry of Public Health, a permanent member of Committee of Pharmaceutical Administration, Chinese Hospital Association, a member of Committee of Hospital Pharmacy, Chinese Pharmaceutical Association, vice-chairman of Expert Committee of Clinical pharmacy Branch, Shanghai Medical Association, vice-chairman of Committee of Pharmacy Administration, Shanghai Hospital Association and vice-chairman of Expert Committee of Clinical Pharmacy in College of Pharmacy, Fudan University.