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
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
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
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
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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