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Evaluating 503B Outsourcing Providers
By Lou Diorio, RPh, FAPhA, and Dave Thomas, RPh, MBA

Providing the complex polypharmacy therapies required for hospitalized patients in an efficient, cost-effective way is a challenging daily mandate for hospital pharmacists. Over the past decade, to accomplish this goal reliance on outsourcing facilities for some portion of a hospital's compounded sterile preparations has been steadily increasing and represents a significant volume of the preparations provided to patients. As such, routine, formalized screening and evaluation of these outsourcing providers has become an essential element of the initial vetting and ongoing compliance processes for all hospitals and health systems utilizing these providers. To read about how to evaluate 503B outsourcing providers, including investigating the regulatory landscape and evaluating FDA Form 483s and Warning Letters, CLICK HERE.

Did You Know . . .
In addition to requiring CSTD use during drug administration and recommending use during preparation, USP <800> recommends that environmental wipe sampling be routinely performed. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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Maximizing the Value of Automated Dispensing Cabinets
By Matthew J. Kelm, PharmD, MHA

First introduced in the 1980s, automated medication dispensing technology has become ubiquitous over the past few decades. According to PP&P's 2016 State of Pharmacy Automation Survey, automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) are now used by 91% of hospitals across the country, with 68% utilizing ADCs as the primary means of drug dispensing. As widespread implementation is commonplace, hospitals must now look to optimize the benefits of this technology to continually increase staff productivity and improve patient care. To read about how Duke University Hospital maximized the use of ADCs, including selecting and implementing ADCs, profiling and overriding medications, EHR data and reporting, and optimizing cabinet configuration, CLICK HERE.

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