Pharmacy Purchasing & Products recently held a webinar entitled: Meet USP <800> Requirements for CSTD Utilizationpresented by Fred Massoomi, PharmD, BCSCP, FASHP, and Seth Eisenberg, RN, OCN, BMTCN The following questions were submitted by attendees. The webinar slides and full presentation can be downloaded at pppmag.com/webinars.
Q: Are there standard criteria for comparing... Read more
Utilizing the services of an outsourced compounder has become increasingly common in hospital pharmacy practice. According to Pharmacy Purchasing & Products’ 2022 State of Pharmacy Compounding survey, 75% of all facilities outsource at least some portion of their compounded preparations.1 In recent years, the severity and persistence of drug shortages have been one of the major factors... Read more
With nearly universal adoption of ADCs, pharmacy’s focus is on maximizing the utility and safety of this technology. More facilities are profiling their cabinets and verifying their restocking processes. The number of beds assigned to each cabinet is impacted by both facility size and medication distribution method.
Most facilities assign between 11-20 beds to each ADC; this is... Read more
Automated dispensing cabinet (ADC) technology is widely utilized in health care institutions, as evidenced by its adoption in 91% of hospitals.1 Hospitals leverage these devices to achieve a number of goals, including streamlining pharmacy workflows, improving medication access in patient care areas, and supporting pharmacy inventory management. The implementation of ADC technology also provides significant... Read more
The release of the proposed revisions to USP General Chapter <797> in September 2021 was long awaited and came with unexpected, significant changes to Section 6, “Microbiological Air and Surface Monitoring” (see TABLE 1). Under these revisions, those who plan to perform Category 1 and 2 compounding are required to collect viable air samples at least every 6 months and surface samples... Read more
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