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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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 Equashield Pro Automated Compounding System The Equashield Pro automated compounding system aims to add efficiency and safety to pharmacy compounding. A CSTD-enabled automated compounding system, it utilizes the Equashield CSTD to ensure staff safety in compounding and preparing hazardous medication doses. With eight simultaneous workstations enabling a throughput of up to 60 doses per hour,... Read more
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In the US, IV medication errors are estimated to result in 1.2 million hospitalizations annually, equating to $2.7 to $5.1 billion in payer costs.1 To ensure safety when preparing compounded sterile preparations (CSPs), the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recommends an independent verification of each individual ingredient prior to addition into the final container (ISMP Best Practice... Read more
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  With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic the new reality for hospital pharmacies across the globe, the need for hand sanitizer plays an important role in hand hygiene when coupled with proper hand washing practices. Hand washing may not always be feasible or available in certain situations; therefore, access to hand sanitizer is crucial to promote compliance with proper... Read more
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The number of cleanroom installations continues to expand. The activity in this market sector is driven both by those facilities with older infrastructure installing up-to-date, compliant cleanrooms as well as facilities installing cleanrooms for the first time. This area of focus is expected to remain active as a significant number of hospitals look to update their cleanrooms to comply with USP.... Read more

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