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Category: Pharmacy


Using Analytics Tools to Control Drug Diversion: Hackensack University Medical Center

The news has been inundated with reports of the increasing prevalence of opioid use throughout the country. Dubbed the “opioid crisis,” addiction to controlled substances is no longer a rare occurrence happening behind closed doors—it affects those of all socioeconomic…

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How Accurate are Drug Expiration Dates and Could Ignoring Them Save Millions?

With drug prices increasing 7.3% a year, hospitals are doing everything they can to cut back on spending. Beyond finding ways to reduce costs—including increasing inventory transparency and proactively navigating drug shortages—industry leaders are working to extend existing drug inventories…

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Benefits of Insourced, Automated IV Compounding: Lessons in Successful Implementation from the University of Rochester Medical Center

Medication compounding is a complicated and high-stakes operation that many hospitals have outsourced to compounding centers in an effort to save money and cut down on liability. However, recent high-profile events where sterility and safety issues have resulted in patient…

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Unexpected Drug Shortages – Are You Prepared?

Drug shortages are a frequent problem hospitals have to navigate, but a recent shortage of note is particularly unexpected. Sodium Bicarbonate, aka baking soda, is reported to be experiencing severe shortages. This drug is used to reduce acidity in the…

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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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