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  While the FDA continues to issue 483s to 503B facilities, hospital pharmacies report a significant reduction over the last year in quality problems such as mislabeled or wrong volume products received from their vendors. Just 9% of pharmacies have experienced a recent quality problem with their vendor. While most hospital pharmacies are confident in the corrective action plans their... Read more
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To meet COVID-19 vaccine storage needs and to update aging equipment, refrigeration purchasing is projected to remain brisk over the near term. While pharmacy has long relied on the superior value of medical-grade refrigeration to maintain medication integrity, it is heartening to see this commitment to high quality refrigeration expand to medication storage on the units. Pharmacy is... Read more
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This article, Part 1 of 3, discusses the testing that must be performed and documented on a certification report for secondary engineering controls (SECs). Parts 2 and 3, which will be published in subsequent issues of Pharmacy Purchasing & Products, will focus on certification testing for primary engineering controls (PECs). While engineering control certification is a requirement of USP... Read more
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The nation is in the middle of an unprecedented opioid epidemic, with more than 130 people dying every day from opioid-related drug overdoses.1 In 2018, 32% of all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid.2 While the prevalence of drug diversion by health system employees is unknown, the risks posed to patients, health care workers, hospitals, and the public are significant. Drug diversion... Read more
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Medication turnaround time is the interval from the time a medication order is written (manually or electronically) to the time the medication is administered.1 Monitoring medication delivery turnaround time in acute care settings allows departments to measure the impact of system and process efficiencies in the context of patient care.2 While medication tracking technology can focus on both patient-specific... Read more

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