OctariusRx is a pharmacy consulting firm relentlessly focused on safe medication management. We are experts at enhancing patient safety, achieving survey success, and reducing risks and costs for the facilities we serve.
We provide guidance with an objective voice and work with you to develop processes to make your organization more efficient and prepared for certification and accreditation surveys. We specialize in providing oversight of pharmaceutical services for freestanding and hospital-based ambulatory surgical, endoscopy, renal dialysis centers and senior care facilities with expertise in accreditation success.
Our services are comprehensive and include thorough audits, including OR and PACU inspections, controlled drug management review, chart review, and staff education. Other areas we routinely guide our clients on include, patient safety, anesthesia and code cart compliance, safe injection practices, proper documentation, and clinical and regulatory updates.
During our audits, we find deficient practices including expired medications, improperly stored and handled medications, poorly labeled medications, documentation issues, among others. Left unaddressed, these issues often lead to survey deficiencies. We help you find areas of concern and fix them in time to avoid problems (both patient and survey).
Not only do we perform these services, but our visits culminate with an extensive report that summarizes our findings and provides action items with corrective guidance, regulatory and clinical updates, policy and procedure recommendations, as well as both regional and national benchmarking. Our benchmarking service is robust, and includes data points like specialty specific averages, industry trends, and numerous drug cost comparisons.
Our team is comprised of professionals that are committed to providing exceptional care to patients and exceptional services to our clients. Our dedicated and experienced professionals strive to improve quality of care while maintaining the high standards of those we serve.
About Our Founder
Victor Alves, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, is an expert consultant pharmacist who developed the vision for OctariusRx based on his extensive background in medication management, patient safety and survey success. He has over twenty years of safe medication management and direct patient care experience in the pharmacy field with a wide-ranging background in developing, enhancing and managing clinical consulting programs. Dr. Alves earned both his Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees with high honors from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is a nationally Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and a fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. He is also a published author and has been a featured speaker at industry conferences.
Summary of Qualifications
- Over 20 years of consulting experience including ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and individual patients
- Committed to and passionate about helping facilities achieve survey success through risk reduction and comprehensive oversight of pharmaceutical services
- Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees with high honors from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
- Registered pharmacist
- Board Certified in Geriatrics
- Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
- Peer-reviewed published author
- Speaker at Industry conferences
- Safe Medication Management
- Patient Safety
- Regulatory Compliance
- Survey Readiness
- Cost Savings
- Risk Reduction
- Drug Shortages
- Opening New ASCs
- Pain Management
- Empowering Healthy, Independent Living