This is our first annual competency assessment focused on controlled substances and regulatory compliance. Ongoing education and assessments of staff in the handling of controlled substances not only helps with compliance, it’s also a great way to enhance patient safety. How are you assessing your staff?
The Year in Review: 2022
Another year has flown by. Unbelievably, we are quickly approaching 2023 and it’s time to look back at of the biggest topics of 2022.
The 2022 USP 800 Assessment Quiz
The 2022 version of the OctariusRx USP 800 assessment quiz is about to be released!
The new version of USP Chapter 797 goes into effect November 1, 2023
The new version of USP Chapter 797 goes into effect November 1, 2023. Additionally, USP Chapter 800 (hazardous drugs) becomes enforceable on the same date. Is your facility fully compliant? What steps do you need to take to avoid patient safety issues and regulatory challenges?
Are you ready to comply with USP Chapters 797 and 800?
Are you ready to comply with USP Chapters 797 and 800? When was the last time you had a full assessment done to determine your level of compliance?
Back to school: Patient Safety Edition
Going back to school for patient safety is something we should routinely do. It should come as no surprise that the biggest threats to patient safety are also the items we take for granted. As the kids head back to school to take on new challenges, we should challenge ourselves to renew our focus on enhancing patient safety.
Is it Safe to Use a Compounding Pharmacy?
Whether it’s the ongoing drug shortages or the need for a specialty product, the use of compounding pharmacies, specifically outsourcing facilities, is often convenient, if not a necessity. How safe is a compounding pharmacy/outsourcing facility? Is there a way to screen the good from the bad one? In this post we discuss the safety of compounded medications and what you can do to enhance patient safety and reduce your liability.
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?
The ambulatory surgery center year in review…
As we approach 2020, we take a few moments to look back at some of the biggest stories of the current year. Each year is extremely busy, and 2019 was no exception. Below we discuss some of the most popular topics of the year. How did we determine popularity? Simple…we decided to focus on the topics that generated the most questions.