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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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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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News Corner: Deadline to Respond to FDA Hospital and Health Systems Compounding Guidance Is Looming

By John Barickman, RPh, MBA, IV Pharmacist Consultant, Omnicell     If you are responsible for sterile IV compounding, you’ll want to be aware of and weigh in on new oversight being proposed. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently…

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Drug Shortages in the U.S. – A Serious Issue with No End in Sight

Drug shortages in the U.S. have been prevalent for years. Although there have been attempts to mitigate the issue, it’s still a serious problem that has only gotten worse over time. In this post we explore some of the causes/effects…

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Moving Away From the WhiteBoard: When Drugs Are in Short Supply

Drug shortages are happening at an alarming rate.   According to a 2013 study by the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 83 percent of cancer doctors reported that they have faced shortages in…

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