Guard Your Most Valuable Resource

June 2018 - Vol.15 No. 6 - Page #1

It is common for personal protective equipment to be used as a catchall term in health care, without a clearly defined description or utilization guidance in the workplace. Yet, the practice of pharmacy requires interacting with increasingly complex, sensitive, and hazardous medications. As pharmacy practitioners are first and foremost scientists, there has been significant investigation into the working conditions pharmacy faces each day, and the findings have been significant.

This month’s issue features part one of a comprehensive two-part article from Dr. Fred Massoomi on the essential application of PPE according to USP Chapter <800> (see page 24). Fred’s article emphasizes selecting the right PPE, as well as the treble benefits of ensuring safe handling practices, safe products, and regulatory compliance.

As with most important pharmacy activities, implementing and refining clearly defined practices is paramount. In the 15 years of publishing Pharmacy Purchasing & Products, our excellent authors have provided detailed advice, suggestions, and action plans for practice improvements. To better serve our readers, we have created a new service called ShortCuts. This brief newsletter compiles recent tools, such as a 340B Competency Checklist, USP <800> Cleaning Steps, and a Chemotherapy Preparation Checklist, and delivers them directly to your inbox. Distinct from our In the Loop newsletter, which summarizes each month’s content, ShortCuts gives you quick access to previously published tools you can apply to your practice today.

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All the best,
R. Mitchell Halvorsen

PP&P’s May article, Assessing Unit Dose Packaging Options, discussed multiple repackaging options for the hospital pharmacy, but left out one important choice: manual unit dose packaging. While purchasing pre-packaged unit dose products, outsourced repackaging, and in-house repackaging with tabletop or high-volume repackaging machines are common strategies for providing medications to patients in unit of use, none of these strategies can cover all contingencies. Thus, there will always be a need for effective, simple, flexible manual repackaging options. A number of excellent options are available in the marketplace. Look for additional coverage of manual repackaging in an upcoming issue of PP&P! See the revised article at:

P.S. We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the 16 new Fellows of ASHP. Among this year’s honorees is Robert P. Granko, PharmD, MBA, FASHP, director of pharmacy at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. As a longtime author, advisor, and friend of PP&P, we are proud of this well-deserved recognition.

According to ASHP, members who have achieved FASHP status have successfully demonstrated sustained commitment or contributions to excellence in practice for at least 10 years, contributed to the total body of knowledge in the field, demonstrated active involvement and leadership in ASHP, and have been actively involved in and committed to educating practitioners and others. The program has recognized 916 Fellows since it began in 1988.


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