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?
How to prevent drug diversion
How to prevent drug diversion is something I spend significant time thinking about and talking about with my facilities. The ongoing opioid epidemic, along with staffing shortages affecting all facilities has greatly increased the risk. Whenever I have an opportunity to speak on this topic, I make it a point to remind everyone to expect diversion and develop systems before it happens. Are you taking steps to protect your patients and reduce your liability?
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.
DEA Electronic Forms
DEA electronic forms are now required for registration and all renewals. Are you opening a facility and looking to obtain a new registration, or do you have an existing registration that needs to be renewed? Read this week’s post to be prepared to comply with the DEA’s new requirements.
April 30, 2022 is DEA National Prescription Drug Takeback Day
April 30, 2022, is DEA National Prescription Drug Takeback Day and at OctariusRx we recognize and support the DEA’s efforts to provide education on the potential for abuse of medications.
Should Ephedrine be on Count?
This week we are addressing the ongoing shortage of sterile water for injection and sodium chloride for injection.
Drug Diversion and Patient Safety
Drug diversions are not only a regulatory issue, they can also lead to patient safety issues. Most diversions happen with controlled substances, but did you know there are risks and liabilities beyond your narcotic box? Proper medication management is critical from both a regulatory and clinical standpoint. Do you know what steps to take to maintain regulatory compliance and to keep your staff and patients safe?
Get your new DEA-222 forms!
Get your new DEA-222 forms before October 30, 2021. The old DEA-222 form will no longer be used after this date. Don’t wait until the last minute to get yours. Delays could happen for a variety of reasons, leaving you without the ability to order certain controlled substances. If you haven’t already done so, act now to avoid alterations or interruptions in patient care.
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.
April 24, 2021 is DEA National Prescription Drug Takeback Day
April 24, 2021 is DEA National Prescription Drug Takeback Day and at OctariusRx we recognize and support the DEA’s efforts to provide education on the potential for abuse of medications. According to the DEA, in addition to education, Takeback Day is an opportunity to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.