When a drug shortage is so severe the FDA sometimes issues guidance allowing pharmacies to extend the expiration date for the affected medications. The theory is that by extending the expiration dates of these products, more inventory is kept in the supply chain reducing the impact of the shortage. In reality, however, many of these drugs still get thrown away at or prior to the original manufacturer’s dating.
Drug shortages are an unavoidable fact of life for hospital pharmacies. Whether due to bad demand planning on the part of the manufacturer, factory shutdowns due to compliance issues, recalls, or an ordering snafu on the part of purchasing, pharmacy staff frequently find themselves without the preferred formulary items they need to keep the pharmacy running smoothly. Some recent shortages … Read More
With about half of their 48 operating rooms using pharmacy kits, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts was using kits faster than they could restock them. Manually restocking the kits at that pace caused a crush of work load for both pharmacists and technicians, leaving concerns about kit inventory accuracy. According to Nicole Mascolo, a pharmacist at Brigham and Women’s, … Read More
Nicole Mascolo has served as a pharmacist for three years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a 793 bed general medical and surgical facility in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to becoming a registered pharmacist, Mascolo worked there four years as a pharmacy technician while earning her Pharm.D at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences University. What is the biggest challenge you … Read More