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?
Should Ephedrine be on Count?
This week we are addressing the ongoing shortage of sterile water for injection and sodium chloride for injection.
Opioid Misuse Remains a Priority
Opioid misuse remains a priority and an area of focus for the OctariusRx team. A recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation ranked states by the number of people age 12 or older who reported opioid misuse. There are many variables that lead to inappropriate use. Do you know where your state ranks? Do you know what steps to take to minimize the risk? In this post we will discuss some steps you can take to make your patients safer and reduce your liability.
New Year’s Resolutions…New Year, Continued Commitment
New year’s resolutions are always a good way to kick off the year. The new year is upon us and as usual, we have a clean slate to work with. What will you do with it? Here are my suggestions for top 5 work-related resolutions for 2021.
The Year in Review: 2020
As we approach 2021, I take a few moments to look back at some of the biggest stories impacting us this year. Each year is unique and has its own challenges. When it comes to challenges, we all realize 2020 is unprecedented and will stand out in our memories…often for the wrong reasons. As a consultant pharmacist, I get asked for advice daily. In this post, I discuss some of the topics that generated the most questions and drew the most attention from our clients. This is a small sample of topics we helped our partners with this year.
COVID 19 is impacting the drug supply chain and leading to dangerous shortages
COVID 19 is impacting the drug supply chain and leading to dangerous shortages. By now, if you haven’t been impacted by drug shortages, you have at least heard about them. As the pandemic continues, the drugs impacted have changed and the shortages have become more critical. Do you use midazolam, fentanyl, propofol or antibiotics? You will need to have a plan in place to avoid negatively impacting patient care.
Are you ready for Electronic Prescribing requirements?
Are you ready for electronic prescribing requirements? They come into effect soon so make sure you are prepared. Beginning January 1, 2021, all prescriptions for controlled substances and medical devices in Massachusetts must be issued electronically unless covered by an exception.
Welcome to our newest partners in medication safety!
We are thrilled to welcome our three newest partners, facilities who have asked us to help them enhance patient safety, reduce risks and increase survey success.
Electronic Prescribing and Dispensing
Beginning January 1, 2021, all prescriptions for controlled substances and medical devices in Massachusetts must be issued electronically unless covered by an exception. This week we discuss the steps you need to take to be prepared because even though it is a year away, it is important to take this time to prepare.
New Rhode Island Regulations on Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances
For our clients in Rhode Island, the rules/regulations for prescribing controlled substances are about to change. Are you prepared to be compliant?