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When considering medical-grade refrigeration and temperature monitoring equipment, it is critical to examine the purchase holistically: The refrigerators and equipment must have sufficient capacity to allow for pharmacy’s future growth and the configurability to facilitate multiple workflows. In addition, when selecting equipment, understand that automated temperature monitoring is intrinsic... Read more
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Q&A with Astrid Slaughter, PhD, RPhPharmacy Manager Texas Oncology Round Rock Round Rock, Texas   Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: Why is USP <800> compliance particularly important in outpatient infusion centers? Astrid Slaughter, PhD, RPh: The fact that hazardous drug (HD) exposure can result in acute and chronic adverse health effects is well known in health care. Skin... Read more
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  The risks of manual sterile compounding are well known, presenting hazards to patients and health care workers alike; when using a manual process, even a small discrepancy can result in a serious adverse event. Consider that the manual inspection of IV admixture ingredients is not a foolproof method of preventing errors. Moreover, when manually verifying sterile compounds, it is not uncommon... Read more
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Refilling anesthesia trays in the pharmacy for delivery to the ORs can be cumbersome and time-consuming. Not only is the process exceedingly repetitive, but using a manual restocking model is rife with opportunities for error, and medication use metrics are difficult to quantify. In a hospital with a high volume of OR patients each day, the tray management process often requires a significant... Read more
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This article is Part 2 of a 2-part series on creating cleaning practices that are compliant with USP <800> requirements. Part 1 discussed elements of a USP <800> compliant cleaning program, including: FDA guidance on cleaning USP definitions of cleaning Objectives of a compliant cleaning program The four steps required for cleaning compliance Part 2 shares tips for ensuring the... Read more

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