Pharmacists Should Care About Inventory Management

By: Beth Richter, Pharmacist Consultant In a health system, pharmacists are primarily focused on drug therapy decisions. Many hospitals have decentralized pharmacy staff that are on patient floors working directly with patients and other health care providers. While in the central pharmacy, pharmacists are busy deciphering and verifying physician orders, compounding medications and of course... Read more

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A Breath of Fresh Air

By: Mitch Valdmanis and Ron Rob One of the interesting challenges to solve in the design of IV automation is to create and maintain an environment where the compounding process can be carried out in air conditions compliant with ISO Class 5 and USP<797>. There are many factors to consider in the design – far... Read more

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Tags: Automation | Efficiency | Inventory Management | Pharmacy AutomationEngineering Design | ISO Class 5 | Laminar Airflow | RIVA | Safety | Sterility | USP 797

Getting Control of the Pharmacy Inventory

By Betty Plummer, Software Developer What is the current value of your pharmacy’s inventory? While there may be a single numeric answer (kudos if you can come up with it), the more realistic reply is “it depends…” Read more

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Tags: Automation | Efficiency | Inventory Management | Pharmacy AutomationEngineering Design | ISO Class 5 | Laminar Airflow | RIVA | Safety | Sterility | USP 797Efficiency | Inventory Management | Pharmacy Inventory | RxWorks Pro

Investigating Failures in Complex Systems

by Andrew Bugera, EIT Some recent highly-publicized failures of complex systems have reminded all of us that failures can still occur even when the design team puts forth their best effort to prevent them. For example, the SpaceX CRS-7 mission’s launch vehicle and payload were destroyed during launch near the end of June 2015 due... Read more

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The Missing Scan, Barcoding at the Point of Dispense

By: Chris Miller, Product Manager We see it over and over on a regular basis, death caused by medication errors. A July 2014 press release from U.S. Senator Barbra Boxer estimates each year “between 210,000 and 440,000 Americans die as a result of preventable errors in hospitals”1, which leads to an estimated $19.5 Billion, yes... Read more

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The Big Little Things, Part III: Vial Pressure Management

By Mitch Valdmanis, Product Manager Continuing our series on the subtle, but important aspects of RIVA’s operation, I would like to turn our attention to the matter of managing gas pressure inside of drug vials as liquid and gas are drawn out or injected in. Vial stoppers are designed to seal the contents of the... Read more

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FDA issues new guidance for dispensers covered under the Drug Supply Chain Integrity Act

By Nancy Panos The product tracing requirements in sections 582(d)(1) of the Drug Supply Chain Integrity Act took effect for dispensers July 1. However, some dispensers had expressed concern that electronic systems used to exchange, capture and maintain product tracing information would not be in operation by the effective date. But in a July 1... Read more

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Multiple studies find automated compounding can reduce costs

By Niels Erik Hansen, Ph.D. Recent news of a $200 million fund to compensate victims of the bankrupt New England Compounding Center (NECC) is an extreme example of how expensive manual compounding errors can be. Contaminated compounds produced by NECC were linked to a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people in 20 states and... Read more

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Automated compounding enhances safety and regulatory compliance

By Niels Erik Hansen, Ph.D. In January, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report about hospitals’ use of standalone compounding pharmacies to produce compounded sterile preparations (CSPs). The study was spurred by concerns about the quality of CSPs following the 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated... Read more

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Cognitive Ergonomics and Safety-Critical Systems

By Mitch Valdmanis, M.Eng. Recently an excerpt from the book “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age” by Robert Wachter was published online: “The Overdose: How Medical Tech Gave a Patient a 39-Fold Overdose“. Though the headline is sensationalized – a more appropriate title would be “How Medical... Read more

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