Although pharmacy technologies, such as bar coded medication administration (BCMA), computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE), automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs), and smart pumps, are not new, they remain indispensable to modern hospital pharmacy practice. Closed system drug-transfer devices (CSTDs) likewise are not new, but as the widespread effects of hazardous drug handling continue to bear grim news, there is increased moral and regulatory pressure to adopt them.
The utilization of these tried and true technologies continues to grow and mature, offering the latest in patient safety features and providing valuable facility efficiencies. In this issue of PP&P, we examine multiple ways to maximize the utility of your pharmacy automation. Learn about:
Combined with the PowerPoint slide package of data from our 2015 State of Pharmacy Compounding survey (visit www.pppmag.com/slides for the download), PP&P continues to plumb the growing field of pharmacy automation through the contributions of pharmacy thought leaders.
All the best,
R. Mitchell Halvorsen