Drug Shortages: Three Reasons Why It’s Different During COVID-19

Drug Shortages: Three Reasons Why It’s Different During COVID-19

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?

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Consultant Pharmacist 101: How We Help Senior Care Facilities

Consultant Pharmacist 101: How We Help Senior Care Facilities

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.

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Healthcare Facilities: 5 Ways to Prepare for a World Post COVID-19

Healthcare Facilities: 5 Ways to Prepare for a World Post COVID-19

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.

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Thank You to John Goehle and his team at Ambulatory Health Strategies

Thank You to John Goehle and his team at Ambulatory Health Strategies

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.

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