Monthly Archives: January 2016

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 […]

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 […] Podcast | Episode 7: Virtual Reality and Pharmacy

Jerry talks about his experience with Virtual Reality and where there may be some potential for use in pharmacy. Show Notes: Host: Jerry Fahnri, Pharm.D. 0:00 Introduction 0:28 My experience with VR 1:59 VR tiers and products 5:05 Application of VR – General 5:50 Application of VR – Healthcare 7:51 Application of VR – Pharmacy […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is nearly universal prospective order review (NUPOR) really necessary?

Several years ago there was a group of pharmacists taking a serious look at the long-time practice of having pharmacists review virtually all drug orders, sometimes referred to as nearly universal prospective order review (NUPOR). The argument for NUPOR is that it is needed to ensure complete, accurate orders. The argument against NUPOR is that […]

Witnessing errors in the iv room

I spent a short time observing iv preparation in two separate, distinctly different pharmacy environments in the weeks leading up to the new year. One was a traditional iv room in a large acute care pharmacy with multiple pharmacy technicians and pharmacists putting out hundreds of compounded sterile preparations (CSPs) per day. The second was […]