Managing Oral Chemotherapy
By Niesha Griffith, MS, RPh, FASHP; Julie Kennerly, PharmD, MS, BCPS; and Sarah Hudson-DiSalle, RPh, PharmD
Distinct advantages exist when comparing oral cancer agents (OCAs) to the traditional IV formulation anti-cancer agents. Patients who receive OCAs often report a greater sense of control over their treatment, less interference with daily work and social activities, reduced travel time and costs, and the elimination of discomfort associated with an IV line. Conversely, OCAs also present unique challenges, including the possibility of a significant medication error if a patient does not understand administration instructions; lack of patient adherence with more complicated regimens, potentially leading to over- or under-dosing; intensive monitoring requirements, special handling, and disposal requirements; as well as coverage and cost concerns. Therefore, developing a comprehensive OCA management plan and utilizing guidance from published resources is critical to ensure the effective and safe use of these medications. To read about how one hospital developed a broad plan to ensure proper management of OCAs, CLICK HERE.
Also Appearing in the March issue of PP&P
Insourcing IV Compounding with Robotics
By Sara Bekri, PharmD, and Patrice Dupart, PharmD, BCPS, MSHCM
Typically, human touch is considered an asset in health care, allowing providers to form relationships with patients. Yet, the opposite is true when that care involves compounding and medication sterility. In the hospital pharmacy, touch contamination poses significant dangers to patient safety, with the potential to also impact patient satisfaction, extend lengths of stay, and ultimately affect hospital costs. The loss of entire batches of IV medications ruined by human contamination or a dosing miscalculation leads many hospitals to consider automating the compounding process. To read about how one hospital transitioned from outsourced compounding to insourcing with IV robotics, CLICK HERE.
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