USP Chapter <800> Terminology

USP <800> Hazardous Drugs – Handling In Healthcare Settings introduces not only new rules around hazardous drug compounding, but some new terminology/vocabulary as well. Most of the terminology doesn’t address unique items, but rather how items are described when handling hazardous drugs (HDs). USP Chapter <800> refers to “containment” primary and secondary engineering controls (C-PECs… Read More »

Google improves symptom search

I’m sure most of you have Googled for medical advice at one time or another. I know I’ve performed quick Google searches for healthcare information, including specific drug information. It turns out that a lot of people search for symptoms online, and the information isn’t always helpful. Sometimes a little information can send people’s minds… Read More »

JerryFahrni.com Podcast | Episode 12: Pharmacy IV room discussion with Ray Vrabel, PharmD

Show Notes: Host: Jerry Fahnri, Pharm.D. Jerry and Ray talk about the pharmacy IV room, specifically where we’ve been, where we’re at, and where we’re headed. Topics include workflow, the impact of USP <797> on pharmacy iv room operations, and thoughts on currently available iv workflow management system technologies. You can learn more about Ray… Read More »

JerryFahrni.com Podcast | Episode 11: Look at MD Anderson’s implementation of BD Cato [Article]

Show Notes: Host: Jerry Fahnri, Pharm.D. A short discussion of an article in the February 1, 2016, issue of AJHP on the implementation of BD Cato at MD Anderson hospital. Items discussed in podcast: [Article discussed]: Reece, K. M. et al. “Implementation And Evaluation Of A Gravimetric I.V. Workflow Software System In An Oncology Ambulatory Care… Read More »

CPhA releases statement on USP <800> and pending California regulation

CPhA recently sent out an alert notifying members of upcoming California State Board of Pharmacy adoption of USP <800> guidelines. You can read about it here. California isn’t planning to adopt the entirety of USP <800>, but what they have decided to adopt will become enforceable on January 1, 2017. “The proposed California BOP regulations… Read More »

JerryFahrni.com Podcast | Episode 10: Hazardous Drug Compounding

Show Notes: Host: Jerry Fahnri, Pharm.D. Short updates for the week ending March 26, 2016. I briefly touch on USP <800>, DrugCam semi-automated iv workflow management system, and the Grifols KIRO Robot Items discussed in podcast: USP <800> Article: DrugCam®—An intelligent video camera system to make safe cytotoxic drug preparations Cool i.v. room technology –… Read More »

Adoption of iv room technology

On March 14 I posted a piece called Recommendations for technology-assisted CSP preparation. The piece received a fair amount of traffic and some good feedback, including a comment left at my site – something that rarely happens. The comment’s author had some interesting, and valid, points. One item in particular caught my attention: I have… Read More »