This Memorial Day weekend we give thanks and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country!
With the recent addition of famotidine to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) list of drug shortages, the number of unavailable drugs is now well over 100. As a consultant pharmacist, I know that drug shortages have been on the radar for many years and will likely continue to be...so, why is it any different this time around?
Consultant pharmacists are medication management specialists who work in a variety of settings such as ambulatory surgery centers, senior care facilities (e.g., nursing homes, assisted living facilities) and with individual patients. They provide expert advice on pharmaceutical services, patient safety, and drug therapy management. Last month we discussed how consultant pharmacists assist ambulatory surgery centers. With this post, we’ll focus on how senior care facilities can benefit from using an expert consultant pharmacist. Do you worry about hospitalizations, rehospitalizations and regulatory compliance? Here are some tips from a consultant pharmacist.
This weekend we celebrate and give thanks to the women who tackle the world’s toughest job.
We have recently heard about the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granting or considering granting Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for medications to be used in the fight against COVID-19. Do you know what EUA is and how it’s granted? The FDA has released a short video to quickly explain how the process works.
National Nurses Week begins Wednesday May 6th and ends May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. At a time when the world seems upside down and we begin to realize how much we have taken for granted, we recognize and CELEBRATE a profession that always makes us feel better.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently cautioned against the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 outside of a hospital setting or clinical trial.
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic we are all facing is an extraordinary situation that has greatly modified so many of the things we take for granted. There are many lessons already learned...and, of course, others still to come. One thing we know for certain is that some processes will be forever altered — and others will need to be improved. Although it may seem overwhelming right now, it’s prudent to start thinking about things that can be modified going forward. As a consultant pharmacist, below are five key items I suggest you think about now to better prepare yourself, and your facility, for a world post COVID-19.
With the White House announcing the Guidelines for Opening up America Again, Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) should be ready to go when your state provides specific guidance. Have you taken the appropriate steps to prepare?
Speaking at the “It’s a New World Conference 2020” was a terrific experience. A special thank you to John Goehle and Laurie Roderiques for the invitation to participate. My presentation focused on Hot Topics in Pharmacy, including medication management, patient safety, safe injection practices, updates to USP Chapters <797> and <800>, and the impact of COVID-19 on ASCs. The most rewarding part of the conference was e-meeting and learning from the other speakers, all experts in their fields. Congratulations to John and his team for being proactive and providing community and an educational opportunity for ASCs.