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Category: Pharmacy


World Health Organization Takes on Medication Errors

Last week we celebrated Medication Safety Week, an event that was first recognized in 1999 by the Women’s Heart Foundation to bring to light the dangers of improper medication management. Over the last 18 years, we’ve seen progress made in…

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Medication Management Council’s Top 10 Compliance Best Practices for 2017

The Medication Management Council is a thought leadership initiative of Omnicell. Formed in June 2014, the Council’s mission is to identify medication management best practices and generate top 10 lists of best practices in the areas of safety, efficiency and…

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Steps Hospitals Can Take to Mitigate Rising Drug Costs

Skyrocketing drug prices took over healthcare headlines in 2016, with price jumps often hitting triple digit percentages. As a result, hospitals and legislators are speaking out about the unsustainability of continued increases and the impact they have on patient care….

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Is Your Hospital Prepared for Chapter Guidelines? Here’s What You Should Be Doing Now.

Health-system pharmacists and others dealing with hazardous drugs have July 1, 2018 top of mind. This is the date when the US Pharmacopeial Conventions’ Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs Handling guidelines go into effect. Announced in February, 2016, hospitals are beginning…

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Resources for Improving Pharmacy Operations

As there are many types of pharmacies with varying staff sizes and budgets, it can be difficult to find relevant information to help you maximize operational capabilities. If the pharmacy is running smoothly and efficiently, pharmacists can take the time…

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News Corner: Legislation Reintroduced to Give Provider Status to Pharmacists

This past week, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act was reintroduced by three senators from different states. This legislation aims to allow pharmacists to receive Medicare reimbursements for delivering immunizations and helping community members, especially seniors, adhere to…

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News Corner: Hospital Efforts Save 125,000 Lives, $28 Billion in Costs

Hospitals have increasingly focused their efforts on improving patient care while remaining cost conscious, and those efforts are paying off. A report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that from 2010 to 2015, hospitals were able…

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News Corner: ASHP Releases Industry Guidelines to Hamper Instances of Drug Diversion

The American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) has answered the call for guidelines to support the creation of controlled substance diversion prevention programs. In October, the organization announced the first set of national guidelines to help healthcare organizations devise…

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Technology’s Role in Navigating Hospital Drug Spend

A recent study by the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals showed that between 2013 and 2015, inpatient drug spending increased an average 23.4 percent annually, and 38.7 percent on a per admission basis. Given the recent…

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Medication Reconciliation Programs Shown to Reduce Readmissions

With growing concerns over readmission rates, many hospitals have chosen to take advantage of the value that pharmacists bring to the job by enlisting their services to set up medication reconciliation programs as part of the discharge process. These programs…

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