“What’d I miss?” – Week of February February 12, 2011

I haven’t done one of these in quite a while, but thought I’d try to get back in the groove.

It’s been a pretty good week, and as usual there were a lot of things that happened during that time. Not all of it was pharmacy or technology related. Here’s a quick look at some of the stuff I found interesting.

  • The Vow was #1 at the box office last weekend. I haven’t seen it. Instead my wife and I went to see Safe House, which was pretty good. It’s no threat to the Bourne series, but I’d see it again. 
  • I thought this was pretty sticking funny. From Robot Chicken. Pay attention at 0:06 in the video. Quite the conundrum.


  • HIIMSS12 is next week in Las Vegas. This is the first year I’ve been able to attend and I’m excited. This is the most excited I’ve been about attending a conference in a long, long time. I can’t wait to get there. I’m looking forward to meeting some folks that I’ve only talked to virtually. In addition I’ll be attending my first ever HIMSS 2012 Tweetup with HP on Tuesday, February 21. Details can be found here. Cool stuff, dude.
  • It looks like infant Tylenol oral suspension is on the hook again. More than 500,000 bottles have been recalled. It has to do with the flow restrictor. You can read more about it the ASHP News Site. Infant Tylenol suspension has taken a beating over the years. It begs two questions: 1) why can’t people get this right?, and 2) what do we do in the long run if people can never figure it out? Check the video below for instructions on using Infants Tylenol suspension. It’s not that hard people!
  • How far have we really come with smartphone technology? Actually we’ve come a long way, but have you ever gone back and looked at handheld technology over the years? If you have, you’ll know that it’s basically the same. Take a look at this user guide for one of the Sony Clie PDAs (PEG-NZ90). Yes, yes, it’s quite ugly, but look at the manual and evaluate what it can do. Crud, throw in a faster processor, a little more memory and a 4G antenna and I’d use it. The PEG-NZ90 was introduced by Sony in 2003.
  • imageI don’t pay much attention to retail pharmacy, but have you ever seen the ClearRx bottle and labeling system from Target? Brilliant, simply brilliant. Pharmacy bottles have been the same basic design for a long, long time. I applaud Target for doing something different. I still don’t like retail pharmacy, but I think their bottle design is cool.
  • I started using the Cloudring service. I use a lot of cloud-based storage solutions and Cloudring helps me keep certain files synched up between them. It also allows me to easily see all my cloud storage solutions at the same time and move files back and forth. So far I’ve experimented with Dropbox, Google Docs, Box and Evernote. It’s very cool.
  • The Barcode News: “Imagine, instead of a cashier having to handle every item in your cart, or you having to play spin the bottle with your ketchup at the self-checkout, you simply place your items on a conveyor belt where they are automatically scanned by the time they get to the bagging station. This is possible with 360 scanners. As the name denotes, 360 scanners are capable of scanning a product bar code from 360 degrees.” – Yeah, now instead of thinking of these things in grocery stores, think of using them in healthcare so people don’t have to actively scan things.
  • EHR Bloggers: “As part of the treatment plan for a patient who has a critical need to take one or more pills at or very near specified times throughout the day a physician, nurse or perhaps a new kind of specialist will develop a tracking plan.” – Stalker anyone? Just sayin’.
  • I read a lot of articles at the sciencebase website. They make reading about science fun and interesting. Even though it’s not from this week, I love the blurb they did on the shape of snowflakes. “Snowflakes have at their heart a minute grain of dust that was once floating in a cloud, this speck of dust is the nucleation centre around which water vapour from the atmosphere can condense and if it is cold enough crystallise as ice. As with any crystallisation process it follows a symmetry intrinsic to the atoms or molecules from which the crystal is formed. In the case of water, the underlying symmetry is hexagonal symmetry.” Be sure to watch the video on the site that shows some great snowflake images. Beautiful stuff.
  • How much work goes into movie poster design? Too much. Fast Company has an interesting article on The Psychology Behind Movie Poster Designs. It’s interesting to note that I never see a movie based on the poster design. Do you? I typically watch a movie based on whether or not I think it will entertain me. I don’t see a movie for artistic value, or views on “reality”, or political statements, etc. I go to be entertained. I go to escape reality for a couple of hours.
  • Snowboarding at night wearing an LED suite. Quite beautiful.


  • AJHP March 1, 2012 vol. 69 no. 5 405-421 “ Projecting future drug expenditures – 2012”: “For 2012, we project a 3–5% increase in total drug expenditures across all settings, a 5–7% increase in expenditures for clinic-administered drugs, and a 0–2% increase in hospital drug expenditures.” – Why is this important? Because acute care pharmacy budgets can run over $100 Million a year, that’s why.
  • Scientists have conducted the first successful human test with a drug delivery chip. The article appeared in Science Translational Medicine where the authors describes the successful use of a programmable chip loaded with medication and injected into a person. The chip holds several doses of the drug in place until an electrical current is applied, then the drug is released in the quantity specified. I worked on something like this when I was an undergraduate studying chemistry. Of course it was only in a beaker and not using drugs, but I used polyaniline to carry specific molecular entities and release them when current was applied. In our case, it was all or none, but it was cool. I still have my lab books from the experiments. 
  • Picked up a Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 this week. I love the screen on this thing. Yeah, it’s big, but it’s beautiful. I already synched it with my Google account, which means I instantly had access to all my documents, my music, and of course my email. I also took some time to watch a little Netflix on it and listen to some music via it’s build in FM radio. I plan to take it with me to HIMSS12 along with all my other tech “stuff”. Deciding which of my toys to take on trips is becoming more difficult by the day. 

That’s it folks. I think I’ll keep it short and sweet this week. Enjoy your weekend everyone, and remember “one of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important” (Bertrand Russell).

2 thoughts on ““What’d I miss?” – Week of February February 12, 2011”

  1. Check the video below for instructions on using Infants Tylenol suspension. It’s not that hard people!

    I justed watch the video and, of course, I have to give my input. ;-)

    Just two things that I saw for improvement and error-prevention in that Tylenol video.

    1. Change the packaging to read “oral” syringe. Too many knuckleheads out there may think otherwise.
    2. Explain to consumers to “shake” the suspension before inserting the oral syringe.

    Good post. No charge to J&J for the advice. Have a great week too!

  2. Agree that Target labeling is nice. I attempted to license it for an academic medical center pharmacy. They would not. Not good.

    Have a blast at HIMSS. Look forward to tweets and impressions.

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