General Chapter 800 Commentary posted

Just in case anyone was interested and wanted to get a jump on the upcoming USP Chapter <800>. The USP-NF Compendial Update for February included General Chapter <800> Commentary, which was posted on February 1, 2016. It’s a PDF document that includes all the comments that were submitted for consideration to the Expert Compounding Committee. The document can… Read More »

Integration no longer optional for pharmacy technology

I’ve written about the need for better integration and interoperability before. I’ve even written about the trend toward integrated systems. In January 2014, I wrote that “healthcare systems, and more specifically pharmacies, have started to understand the importance of having integrated systems.” Here we are two years later, and to my surprise, we seem to… Read More »

Will the revised USP Chapter 797 include recommendations for automation and technology?

Whether or not future editions of USP General Chapter <797> will include recommendations for IV room automation and technology is a great question, and one that I’ve been pondering for quite some time. I’m torn as to whether or not I think adding such recommendations to a USP General Chapter is a good idea. On… Read More »

Traditional literature doesn’t work for evaluating pharmacy automation and technology, and here’s why

Recently a friend and colleague reached out to me looking for guidance on published studies showing positive ROI for IV room automation and technology. There’s precious little literature covering this practice are of pharmacy, much less getting into things like ROI. Why is that? As I see it, the problem comes down to these three… Read More »

Webinar alert – The Missing Link: Practical Tips for Preparing for USP 800

I mentioned previously that USP General Chapter <800> – Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings has been approved and will be published February 1, 2016. Thankfully, the Compounding Expert Committee approved a delayed official implementation until July 1, 2018. Obviously, the committee felt that enforcing Chapter <800> sooner would create a hardship on systems that aren’t close… Read More »