NIOSH puts the brakes on the CSTD vapor containment protocol

Pharmacy Practice News: “The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) held a meeting today in Cincinnati to discuss a universal closed-system drug-transfer device (CSTD) testing protocol, which is being developed… The new protocol will test both physical barrier systems, which block the intake of environmental contaminants or the unintended release of hazardous drugs… Read More »

Someone please disrupt controlled substance storage technologies

Management of controlled substances(1) inside acute care pharmacies is a mess. It’s difficult for me to stress how utterly disappointed I am by this area of pharmacy technology. The technology has been around for a long time. The controlled substance area of the pharmacy was one of the first areas to start using technology as part… Read More »

JerryFahrni.com Podcast | Episode 14: Update from ASA 2016

Show Notes: Host: Jerry Fahnri, Pharm.D. Just a quick update from Jerry’s visit to Chicago for ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016, October 22-25, 2016. Items discussed in podcast: Intelliguard Linked Visibility Inventory System (LVIS) BD Intelliport (I’ve written about this before here) Codonics ePosters Current setup: Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Blackout Edition Dragonpad Pop Filter Sony MDR-V150… Read More »

JerryFahrni.com Podcast | Episode 13: HCP Chicago

  Show Notes: Host: Jerry Fahnri, Pharm.D. This is actually Episode 13. My apologies, but the volume is very low for some reason. A brief discussion of Jerry’s presentation at Health Connect Partners (HCP) in Chicago on October 18, 2016, followed by a brief overview of some of the products he saw while at the… Read More »

Does tall man lettering work?

First of all, is it tall man, tall-man, or tallman? And why is it called “tall man lettering” when none of the letters are actually taller than the others? Heck if I know. Just more questions in a mountain of questions piling up around tallMAN lettering. Pharmacy Practice News: “[The study] found that there hasn’t been a substantial… Read More »

Can “a computer” take over for a pharmacist?

Two things happened to me recently that have pushed this question to the front of my mind. The first is by way of some comments that were left in response to something I wrote in June about Google’s new symptom search. The comment is as follows: “…I have to question your closing statement: The idea… Read More »

ISMP releases new medication safety best practices document

I quite literally stumbled across this the other day while doing research for another project. I heard that ISMP had updated their best practices document, but didn’t see an official announcement. It’s possible I just missed it. The document contains some great new safety recommendations. All in all there are eleven best practices listed. Most… Read More »

Deactivation, Decontamination, Cleaning, and Disinfection of sterile HD compounding areas

USP <800> has an entire section dedicated to deactivation, decontamination, cleaning, and disinfecting areas that are used for compounding sterile hazardous drugs (HDs). The chapter calls for: Establishing written procedures Training personnel Using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) resistant to cleaning agents. This includes the use of two pairs of chemo gloves and impermeable disposable gowns… Read More »