It has commonly been posited that because USP <800> requires CSTD use during drug administration, the adoption of CSTDs on the nursing units should serve as a prompt for pharmacy to also adopt these devices and then harmonize both nursing and pharmacy HD handling standard operating procedures. And yet, the data suggests just the opposite: CSTDs are currently in use in 91% of pharmacies compounding... Read more
Q&A with Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, and Rachael Freeman, PharmD, BCPS Drug Information SpecialistsUniversity of Utah Health
Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: What recent drug shortage trends has the University of Utah Drug Information Service (UUDIS) identified?
Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, and Rachael Freeman, PharmD, BCPS: Historically, the emblematic shortage was a generic product... Read more
The far-reaching impact of the opioid epidemic has become a major challenge for health systems across the nation. Due to the stressful nature of health care workers’ job responsibilities, as well as their extensive access to controlled substances, they may be more likely to misuse medications than the general public. It is estimated that 10% to 15% of health care workers will misuse alcohol... Read more
Capturing a large portion of employee prescriptions is often the linchpin of a successful outpatient pharmacy operation. To attain this goal, a concerted effort is required to educate employees about the benefits of utilizing the outpatient pharmacy. Further inducements, including convenience and financial incentives, will help encourage employees to take advantage of on-campus pharmacy services.
Peninsula... Read more
Preparation for USP <800> compliance is an ongoing effort in pharmacy; results from PP&P’s USP <800> survey (pppmag.com/article/2416) demonstrate a strong concentration on facility upgrades. As a result, compliance rates are strong in areas such as external ventilation of sterile HD CPECs, continuous pressure monitoring, and HD storage segregation. Unfortunately, many facilities... Read more
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