Microneedle patch for monitoring drug levels

Medgadget: “A collaboration between researchers at the University of British Columbia and Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland has developed a microneedle device for drug monitoring. The device is in a form of a patch that’s stuck onto the skin, painlessly pushing microneedles through to sample the interstitial fluid…The proof-of-concept device reported by the team was… Read More »

Sensor-enabled medication inhalers

I recall being really excited about sensor-enabled asthma inhalers several years ago. I even remember giving a presentation in 2013 on “the future of pharmacy” that included two such products: Asthmapolis and GeckoCap. Each was an add-on device for existing inhalers. They were marketed as tools for improving medication adherence, and by default helpful in… Read More »

Cool technology for pharmacy – Formulary Toolkit

Omnicell has been busy developing the IV automation and technology that they acquired from Aeysnt. Honestly, a couple of years ago I was ready to write off Aesynt’s presence in the IV room because of their tiny market share. This is when their current IV room products were still part of Health Robotics. With that… Read More »

Mobile health apps not meeting expectations

I read with great interest a recent piece at FierceHealthcare. According to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, health apps aren’t living up to the hype. To me, the entire field has been overblown from the beginning. “A new UC San Francisco study … revealed nearly every participant who used health apps… Read More »

Increased IV production means increased automation…and data

Interesting timing on this article at Healthcare IT News: “With an eye on improving safety, increasing compliance and reducing waste, an increasing number of hospitals and health systems are looking to insource and automate their IV compounding processes… Campbell said that the transition to robotic sterile compounding has resulted in a cost savings of $100,000…At… Read More »

Prescription bottle innovation

I was browsing for something the other day and got sidetracked by a link about prescription bottles. You know how it is, you start scouring the internet for information on antibiotic dosing in CRRT and end up looking at cat videos. It happens. Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that everyone has seen a prescription… Read More »

Electronic alert overload

The Washington Post: “Something similar is happening to doctors, nurses and pharmacists. And when they’re hit with too much information, the result can be a health hazard… It’s called alert fatigue… Electronic health records increasingly include automated alert systems pegged to patients’ health information… The number of these pop-up messages has become unmanageable, doctors and… Read More »

Surface sampling for equipment used for preparing sterile HDs

USP Chapter <800> HAZARDOUS DRUGS—HANDLING IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS is organized into the following main sections: Introduction and Scope List of Hazardous Drugs Types of Exposure Responsibilities of Personnel Handling Hazardous Drugs Facilities and Engineering Controls Environmental Quality and Control Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Communication Program Personnel Training Receiving Labeling, Packaging, Transport, and Disposal Dispensing Final… Read More »

Man pleads guilty to relabeling drugs with bogus FDA codes

This is some crazy stuff right here. The length that people will go to pull off a scam in the name of making money continues to amaze me. FDA.gov: “Arif Diwan, 60, owner of Lifescreen LLC, a Cranston, R.I., based company that labeled, advertised, and sold drugs and pharmaceutical products under the brand name “LifeLogic,”… Read More »