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Q&A with Caryn Belisle, BS Pharm, RPh, MBADirector of Pharmacy Regulatory Compliance, Quality, and SafetyBrigham and Women’s Hospital   Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: What is the process for identifying all staff who could potentially be exposed to hazardous drugs? Caryn Belisle, BS Pharm, RPh, MBA: Whether working in a small hospital or large health-system, identifying... Read more
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Proper vaccine management is critical in the effort to prevent and eradicate many common vaccine-preventable diseases. However, storage and handling errors can result in the need for revaccination along with significant financial loss as a consequence of wasted vaccines. In addition, failure to store vaccines appropriately can reduce vaccine potency, causing inadequate immune responses in patients... Read more
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Choosing the right microbiological growth medium for the viable air and surface sampling required in USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations can be confusing, as there are a variety of options depending on the types of testing that will be performed. Moreover, multiple manufacturers and suppliers claim to have compliant products. Unfortunately, some... Read more
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  When establishing a progressive specialty pharmacy service line, there are many factors to consider, financial success being primary among them. In order to accurately capture the financial performance of a health care business, the development and evaluation of financial key performance indicators (fKPIs) is paramount in alignment with patient care. Specialty pharmacy is a particularly... Read more
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Automated dispensing cabinets continue to serve as the backbone of most medication distribution systems. In general care areas, each ADC typically serves 11-20 beds. Profiling ADCs is key to ensuring their efficiency; however, this remains a challenge for many facilities. While most facilities (81%) have profiled more than three-quarters of their cabinets, there has been no overall improvement in... Read more

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