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Q&A with Kate Douglass, MS, RN, QP503A qualified, and Abby Roth, CMQ/QE, QP503A qualifiedCriticalPoint, LLC  Despite the fact that USP <797> was published in 2008 and 2019 (the 2019 version has been returned to the Expert Committee for reevaluation), many pharmacists continue to pose questions about the intricacies of compliance with the Chapter. In this article, which... Read more
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Given that IV medication errors are dangerous as well as costly, the adoption of IV workflow management systems can allow pharmacy to detect errors in compounding before the medication reaches the patient, potentially saving lives. These systems provide key safety features such as bar code scanning to double check ingredients, gravimetric analysis to provide real-time verification of product accuracy,... Read more
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Q&A with Glenn Huth, RPh Director of Pharmacy OperationsSumma HealthAkron, Ohio Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: What is your current outsourcing strategy? Glenn Huth, RPh: Summa Health in Akron, Ohio, currently focuses on outsourcing drugs that are on shortage, as the 503Bs typically have increased access to these medications. For example, during the ongoing lidocaine and labetalol... Read more
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The world awoke to one of the most challenging health care disasters in history in December, 2019. The coronavirus disease (known as COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), became a pandemic in a matter of weeks, prompting international reactions ranging from mild to aggressive. With the vast majority of global populations subject to self-quarantine,... Read more
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Q&A with Katelyn M. Hipwell, PharmD, MPHPharmacy Manager of Clinical OperationsUniversity of Virginia Health SystemCharlottesville, Virginia Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: What is the top factor impacting the risk of diversion in the hospital setting? Katelyn M. Hipwell: Controlled substance accessibility is the most significant risk factor contributing to diversion. Although... Read more

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