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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Why ARxIUM?

by Thom Doherty The reason Intelligent Hospital Systems Inc. (IH Systems) acquired AmerisourceBergen Technology Group Today IH Systems announced the acquisition of AmerisourceBergen Technology Group (ABTG) creating the most integrated pharmacy technology company in the industry, and strengthening our position in the pharmacy automation market. Worldwide, pharmacy automation purchases are growing with a compounded annual growth... Read more

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RIVA automated compounding technology supports PIC/S-compliant production for compounding centers and hospital pharmacies

by Thom Doherty Businesses providing regulated aseptic compounding services require stringent quality control measures, and good manufacturing practices (GMP) provide the framework for implementing critical quality control processes. Automation, which provides unparalleled product and process repeatability, is increasingly seen as a solution for compounding centers and hospitals to meet the requirements of highly-regulated manufacturing environments. Read more

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Mitigating risk with pharmacy automation

By Niels Erik Hansen, Ph.D. Evidence shows the risk of patient injury from medication errors is substantial and costly – especially errors associated with injectable medications. A first-of-its-kind study published in American Health & Drug Benefits in 2012 uncovered some sobering facts: • Adverse drug events (ADEs) from injectable medications kill up to 7,000 patients... Read more

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The Big Little Things, Part II: Port Disinfection Subsystem

By Walter Eliuk, P.Eng. RIVA is a fully automated IV compounding system that produces IV bag and syringe medications in a Hospital pharmacy.  The Port Disinfection Subsystem (PDS) is a powerful feature unique to RIVA.  This feature helps to assure reliable aseptic processing of compounded products. A state-of-the-art UV light source is used to disinfect... Read more

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What are your goals, Standard of Care or ROI?

By Alex Reinhardt, P. Eng. I’ve had some recent discussions with potential customers that raised an interesting question:  What is most important to your organization, making a high percentage of doses with IV automation, or, saving money?  These are vastly different but both equally legitimate.  Let’s look at each in a bit more detail. Read more

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Recent Regulatory Actions: Focus on Quality in Compounding

by Craig A. Boyce , RPh Over the past month, a number of regulatory changes have occurred surrounding aseptic and sterile compounding.  Some of the significant regulatory actions include:  FDA release of the cGMP Interim Guidance for Human Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facilities Under Section 503B of the FD&C Act (7-1-2014)  Massachusetts passage and signing of... Read more

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Improving Medication Safety Helps Control Costs

By Niels Erik Hansen, PhD If ongoing news reports of pharmacy product contaminations, recalls and patient injuries aren’t enough to prompt reforms to reduce errors in the compounding of IV medications, a study published late last year — which shows the significant cost burden hospitals bear from IV medication errors — should be. The report,... Read more

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