Pharmacy Technology

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 – […]

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Recommendations for technology-assisted CSP preparation

Both ISMP and ASHP are working on draft recommendations for technology in the IV room. ISMP’s version is an update to their ‘Guidelines for Safe Preparation of Sterile Compounds’ that was originally published in 2013. The proposed revision is open for public comment until April 10th. ASHP is also working on new recommendations for the […]

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Cool Technology for Pharmacy – DOSIS

Not being involved with long-term care (LTC) pharmacies much over the years, I sometimes forget that there’s technology to help with some of the day-to-day operations. I recently came across an advertisement for a company called Manchac Technologies. The reason it caught my eye is because I had a chance to visit with Manchac several […]

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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 […]

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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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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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Cool Pharmacy Technology – Vaccine Smart-Fridge

The Vaccine Smart-Fridge is an interesting concept for ambulatory care. It appears to be a consignment vaccine distribution system. Reminds me of a refrigerated single-point automated dispensing cabinet (ADC). There’s a lot to like here. By using a consignment model, the vendor offers an ambulatory care clinic low cost, low risk access to vaccines. It […]

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Pros and cons of IV workflow management systems

Pondering the need for an IV workflow management system (IVWMS)? You’re not alone if you are. According the most recent PP&P State of Pharmacy Automation Survey, 15% of facilities have already implemented something and another 29% plan to do so in the next few years. The only surprise is the relatively low percentage of facilities […]

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JerryFahrni.com Podcast | Episode 5: RFID Technology in Pharmacy

Jerry talks about the use of RFID technology in pharmacies, specifically the use of RFID in refrigerated consignment programs and medication tray management. Show Notes: Host: Jerry Fahnri Current setup: Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Blackout Edition Dragonpad Pop Filter Sony MDR-V150 Headphones RFID-enabled refrigeration [4:25]: Cardinal consignment programs [PDF] FFF Enterprises RFID-enabled medication […]

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JerryFahrni.com Podcast | Episode 4: UCSF Mission Bay Pharmacy

Show Notes: Host: Jerry Fahrni PillPick by Swisslog1 BoxPicker by Swisslog1 RIVA by ARxIUM (formerly Intelligent Hospital Systems) ——————— 1. Make sure to check out the videos for both PillPick and BoxPicker at the Swisslog website.

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