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.
What Herbal, and vitamin supplements increase the risk of bleeding? Believe it or not, the list is longer than you’d expect and the risk is real. Herbal supplements can impact surgery in various ways, from additive sedation to increased bleeding risk. It’s important that the entire team be aware ahead of time, but patients don’t usually disclose herbal supplements because they may not consider them to be medications. So how are you screening your patients and mitigating this risk?
How do you store the COVID-19 vaccine? Now that the COVID-19 vaccines are available, facilities are starting to vaccinate. Part of any vaccination process requires planning for handling and storage. Do you have a policy for vaccine storage? The COVID-19 vaccines have specific requirements, does your policy specifically address COVID-19?
Who is the best consultant pharmacist? Have you ever asked yourself if you’re working with the best consultant pharmacist? How would you know? Is there a way to make that determination or find out? The answer is yes! This week I will discuss seven ways to decide if your pharmacy consultant is the best one for your organization.
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.
Happy New Year! As we leave 2020 in the rear-view mirror, we look ahead to all the new possibilities the New Year brings. As is the case every year, we have ongoing projects and exciting plans for some new additions in the coming months. Every year begins full of hope and promise, and we would like to wish you great success in achieving your dreams and goals this year.
Merry Christmas! 2020 has been a difficult and challenging year for everyone, but we all have so much to be thankful for. At OctariusRx we are thankful for all the clients who have been with us for years, as well as the new partners who joined us in 2020. We are also thankful for our entire team, who works tirelessly to provide exceptional services…we could not do it without them. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this a successful year. We appreciate the support and trust we have from our clients, team members, family, and friends.
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.
Have questions about OctariusRx or Consultant Pharmacists?
Check out our new Frequently Asked Questions Page.
Are Expired Medications Still Good? As a consultant pharmacist, I get asked this question almost daily. Whether it’s from a patient at home, someone at a nursing facility or an ambulatory surgery center, we all encounter expired medications. Can you still use them? Should you replace them? How should you handle expired medications?