Intermountain Healthcare Improves Sterile Compounding Services with RIVA Systems

In the wake of market and regulatory changes several years ago, Intermountain Healthcare, one of the most respected health systems in the United States, identified an increased need for controlled sterile compounding preparations. This need was heightened by the New England Compounding Center tragedy, as it raised additional concerns about risk and lack of control... Read more

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Dispelling Myths about I.V. Automation

By Irene Wasilewski, Product Support Specialist Most hospital pharmacies will likely say they would be interested in adding IV automation, but… Read more

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RIVA User Group 2017

By Irene Wasilewski, Application Consultant ARxIUM recently held its annual RIVA User Group at the ARxIUM  office in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Nineteen hospitals participated in the two-day sessions and discussed maximizing RIVA utilization, RIVA support, regulatory updates and more. Craig Boyce, RPh, one of the Pharmacy Systems Consultants at ARxIUM, organized and led the event. Read more

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New NAPRA Compounding Standards

By: Irene Wasilewski, Application Consultant What is NAPRA? The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) is a voluntary association of Canadian provincial and territorial pharmacy regulatory bodies as well as the Canadian Forces Pharmacy Services.  NAPRA members regulate the practice of pharmacy and operation of pharmacies in their respective jurisdictions in Canada. Their primary... Read more

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IH Systems Accepts KLAS Award at ASHP

The KLAS award for “Category Leader 2014” in the “Pharmacy Automation IV Robots” category was presented to Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems) at the ASHP show in Anaheim on December 8, 2014. RIVA, the fully automated IV compounding system developed by IH Systems, earned the highest customer rankings in several areas including quality of implementation,... Read more

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University of Arizona Study Estimates Cost Avoidances from Reducing IV Preparation Errors

By Craig A. Boyce, RPh Current IV compounding is still largely based on human manual processes and visual inspection, where the safety of a dose depends on the how well staff follow proper technique.  This manual processing is complex and while pharmacies rely on visual inspections and checks during dose preparations, errors can still find... 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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The Big Little Things, Part I: Bevel Alignment

By Mitch Valdmanis, M.Eng. When a person sees RIVA operating for the first time, they see the robot dancing around the cell, shuttling items to-and-fro between subsystems; they watch as fluid is transferred between containers at one of the syringe manipulators; and they notice how the inventory carousels rotate around to present the correct inventory... 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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