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USP General Chapter <800> has been approved

I’m sure that most of you are aware, but just in case, I thought I would pass this little tidbit along. The Compounding Expert Committee announced on November 20, 2015, that USP has approved a new General Chapter USP <800> – Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings. The revised chapter will be published February 1, 2016, […]

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NFC packaging for medications

NFC is good for more than figuring out how much liquor you have. NFC World: “The two companies [Thinfilm and Jones Packaging] are collaborating to integrate Thinfilm’s NFC OpenSense technology into paperboard pharma packaging and establish key manufacturing processes for production on Jones’ high speed lines.” In addition “the work…will also include the integration of ferrite shield […]

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ASHP Midyear 2015 Technology Summary

This year’s ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 6 through December 10, 2015.  For many, the Midyear Meeting is about the latest in clinical advances, but for me, it’s an opportunity to see all the new pharmacy automation and technology. And the […]

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BD introduces simplified comprehensive IV management [#AHSPMidyear15]

Like many others, I received a press release from BD while attending the 2015 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans. The press release touted the introduction of “a simplified way for hospitals to manage intravenous (IV) medication to help improve safety and reduce waste”. The press release goes on to explain how BD has […]

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Cool Technology for Pharmacy – Cactus Smart Sink [#ASHPMidyear15]

Acute care pharmacies generate a lot of pharmaceutical waste, and it’s not always clear what you should do with it. Yesterday I came across The Cactus Smart Sink while roaming through the exhibit hall at ASHP Midyear. The Smart Sink is a pharmaceutical waste disposal container that renders its contents “unrecoverable, non-retrievable and unusable”. Some key features […]

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My #ASHPMidyear15 technology loadout

I’ve made a few changes to my technology travel bag from last year. My loadout for ASHP Midyear 2014 consisted of a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro ultrabook, a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. I’ve since sold my Surface Pro 3 (SP3) and replaced my Galaxy S5. The SP3 was a […]

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Prepping for #ASHPMidyear15

Tomorrow morning I’ll catch a flight from LAX to New Orleans for the 50th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition. The annual ASHP Midyear Meeting is the largest gathering of pharmacists in the country. Over a period of five days, more than 20,000 pharmacists from all over the world will gather to discuss everything from […]

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Cool Technology for Pharmacy – Vestigo

Vestigo is web-based Investigational Drug Service (IDS) software made by the McCreadie Group, Inc., a privately held pharmacy software company out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The McCredie Group is a small boutique company that builds software for niche markets like IDS. I’ve worked in pharmacies that have an IDS, and let me just say that […]

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Medication non-adherence, is more technology the proper response?

EMR & EHR: “Of all the things that irrationally inflate health costs, one of the top concerns is people who just don’t take their prescribed medications. Medication adherence doesn’t sound like a high-tech issue, but a lot of interesting technologies are being thrown at the problem…. At the recent Connected Health Conference I talked to […]

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Where to get information on compounding sterile preparations

Someone asked me the other day where they could read up on what’s going on in the world of pharmacy sterile compounding. It’s a good question. The simple answer is to get your hands on a copy of the USP Compounding Compendium and read it over and over again. That’s where I started. Unfortunately, that […]

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