More drug shortages are expected and could impact ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Some of the most commonly used medications in ASCs, such as propofol and the local anesthetics, continue to show up on the most recent drug shortage lists. Does your facility have a plan in place to ensure an ongoing supply and minimize disruptions to patient care?
With new COVID-19 outbreaks occurring across the country and the world, the concern for drug shortages is heightened. What drugs are impacted and how do they affect your organization? Do you have a contingency plan in place to deal with unexpected shortages? Work with your consultant pharmacist to resolve these issues quickly and efficiently so that patient safety and your day-to-day operations are not impacted.
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?
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.
Although the debate about whether to use intracameral antibiotics marches on, what is not in question is our collective desire to give patients the best and safest possible outcome. For the facilities contemplating intracameral antibiotics, which drug should you use? What is the best way to prepare it or obtain it? These are all valid questions you should ask.
Use the expertise of your consultant pharmacist to help navigate these difficult, but extremely important decisions. Making the right choice will increase patient safety and reduce risks. The wrong decision could be devastating.
Drug shortages seem to be happening with more frequency, making it difficult for patients, prescribers and facilities. The reasons for shortages range from simple delays to manufacturing issues that can lead to complete discontinuation of some medications. Is your facility taking the necessary steps to avoid disruptions in patient care?