While health systems have had to quickly adapt to new processes and procedures this year, product development and technological advancements have not stopped. In fact, now more than ever, the benefits of leveraging new products and technology to accomplish short- and long-term goals in the pharmacy have become apparent. In light of that, Pharmacy Purchasing & Products has compiled some of the most notable new developments that will be virtually on display at this year’s ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition.
Automated Medication Delivery
The new Swisslog Healthcare Meds-To-Beds automation program can increase the number of patients that receive first-dose discharge medications and counseling delivered at the bedside. With the Relay autonomous service robot transporting medications to the bedside, the system also incorporates delivery manager chain of custody software for tracking and tracing. Further, telepharmacy services are available from PipelineRx for patient consultations and outpatient pharmacy team flexing. Benefits include increased volume and revenue in the outpatient pharmacy, improved patient experience, and decreased likelihood of medication non-adherence 30-day readmissions.Swisslog Healthcare
Temperature Monitoring Software
To keep pharmacy’s systems and software safe and reliable, Rees Scientific has integrated additional features into its 1021 software. The latest version provides BACnet compatibility that allows Rees Scientific to act as a BACnet server and/or a BACnet client over any TCP/IP compatible network. System users can access Rees functionality without duplicating sensors and infrastructure, and the system can read any BACnet compatible sensor while the building management system (BMS) is actively communicating with the device. It also has the ability to transfer data to and from the BMS.Rees Scientific
IV Compounding Education
Because it can be challenging to keep staff knowledge current on new drugs, high-risk medications, and regulatory requirements, Grifols has partnered with TRC Healthcare to support pharmacy leaders in ongoing education. Eliminating knowledge gaps and educating frontline clinicians are essential ingredients in improving outcomes. Patient care can be positively impacted by delivering the most current and relevant evidence-based education integrated within the Grifols inclusiv PharmacyKeeper training software system to oversee staff’s competencies, certifications, and training.Grifols USA
CSTD with Locking Syringe Adaptor
The OnGuard closed system drug-transfer device (CSTD) manufactured by Simplivia Healthcare and distributed by B. Braun Medical is designed to help prevent accidental exposure to hazardous drugs (HDs) during compounding and delivery. OnGuard offers air-cleaning technology and is tested for vapor containment using chemotherapy drugs. NIOSH recognizes air-cleaning technology for CSTDs to prevent the escape of HDs into the work environment, and USP <800> recommends the use of CTSDs in pharmacy, while requiring the use of a CSTD for the administration of HDs.B. Braun Medical Inc
Ready-to-Use Vancomycin Injection
Xellia Pharmaceuticals has received approval for 3 additional dosages of VANCO READY, expanding its range of room-temperature-stable, ready-to-use (RTU) vancomycin injection premix bags. VANCO READY requires no thawing, compounding, or activating; has a 16-month shelf life in overwrap; and fits in automated dispensing units. Its approvals now cover all relevant doses from 500 mg to 2 g in 250 mg increments. The recent approval of 750 mg in 150 mL, 1.25 g in 250 mL, and 1.75 g in 350 mL join the other presentations launched previously: 500 mg in 100 mL, 1 g in 200 mL, 1.5 g in 300 mL, and 2 g in 400 mL. The full prescribing information and boxed warning are available online.Xellia Pharmaceuticals, LLC
PeridoxRTU is a non-bleach sporicidal disinfectant with the capability to act as a sporicide, bactericide, virucide, tuberculocide, and fungicide disinfectant and hard surface cleaner with a 3-minute sporicide claim at 99.9999% efficacy. Free of alcohol and bleach, it leaves minimal residue on surfaces. In addition, PeridoxRTU is an EPA-registered disinfectant on List N, meeting the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2.Contec, Inc
Maxpert Medical introduces MAXSPLIT Pill Splitters, featuring a built-in pill puncher. Designed to deliver quality, safety, and functionality, the patent-pending splitters feature an ergonomic u-shaped holder with rubber insert for proper pill alignment and for holding pills in place while splitting, to ensure an accurate cut. Transparent, FDA-compliant food grade materials provide durability while the precision blade helps prevent splintering. The MAXSPLIT Safety version features an integrated blade guard to prevent accidental blade contact.Maxpert Medical
Medium-Complexity Comprehensive Media Fill Test Kit
The HVM1 Media Fill Kit from Hardy Diagnostics is recommended for simulating compounding manipulations involving the preparation of IV bags and for verifying aseptic technique, for one technician. HardyVal kits are sterile, terminally autoclaved for high sterility assurance, and quality control tested for growth promotion, pH, and sterility. They come in fully recyclable thermoform packaging with a clean barrier zip-bag to protect the product from particulates.Hardy Diagnostics
Oxcarbazepine Oral Suspension, USP, 300 mg/5 mL
Precision Dose announces the recent re-release of oxcarbazepine oral suspension, USP, in 300 mg/5 mL unit-dose cups. Case packs of 30 are available through wholesale distributors. Full prescribing information, including indications for usage and additional important safety information, is available online.PrecisionDose
Parata’s Centralized Filling Solutions are designed to help pharmacies manage workflow, increase accuracy, and improve total store-level operations, while freeing up staff time to better engage and counsel patients. With this system, pharmacy is enabled to approach the challenges of filling large quantities by harnessing technology for counting, packaging, filling, and routing—a complete medication delivery cycle. From a central filling location, for inpatient or outpatient, users can store and dispense medications; leverage pouch packaging, vial filling, and unit-dose automation; and provide mail order or WellSpot kiosks for distribution. Parata’s scalable solutions pull through from storage to delivery, providing comprehensive packaging options, especially in current times, when pharmacies seek to reduce physical contact.Parata Systems
Drug Management Software
Micromedex Solutions has expanded its portfolio to provide hospitals and health systems with the clinical knowledge and technology needed to help improve pharmacy operations and patient care. IBM Watson Health and OrbitalRX have developed a solution that combines pharmacy inventory and drug shortage management capabilities with evidence-based drug content. The system aims to help clinical care teams make efficient and informed drug alternative decisions during shortage situations.
IBM Watson Health also partnered with EBSCO Information Services to deliver DynaMed and Micromedex with Watson, a comprehensive new system providing evidence-based drug and disease content at the point of care.IBM Micromedex Solutions
The EMERPHED (ephedrine sulfate) RTU injection from Nexus is indicated for the treatment of clinically important hypotension occurring in the setting of anesthesia. Developed for simplicity, stability, and safety, it is FDA approved. No compounding is required, and it can be administered by any trained staff, lowering the risk of error. It offers a 2-year shelf life, contains no preservatives, and is ready when needed with less frequent restocking and/or ordering. Because no diluting or mixing is necessary, it is easier to use with less waste and reduced chance for error.Nexus Pharmaceuticals
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