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.
The Hospital Pharmacy Operations Report is a great resource for pharmacy leaders seeking to understand how their peers are prioritizing their focus for the current fiscal year. That being said, we can appreciate that reading the full report may not make it to the top of your priority list because of the day-to-day challenges that consume the work day. As … Read More
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
We spend a lot of time telling our story, and that of our customers, so it is always refreshing to hear someone else’s take on Kit Check. This past week, Adventist Health (@AdventistHealth) shared their story and their plans to implement Kit Check across the entire IDN in an article titled “Full speed ahead: This technology is saving time and lives”.
Managing the drug formulary is an uphill battle for most hospital pharmacies. There can be thousands of NDCs represented in a hospital’s inventory at any given moment. On top of that, the NDCs that show up daily on the loading dock change with surprising frequency, as GPOs renegotiate pricing with manufacturers and buyers adjust their purchasing patterns seeking to optimize drug spend and respond to shortages.
I spend a lot of time with Directors of Pharmacy across the country and hear from them the long list of projects and objectives that they have on the calendar to complete. Recently we helped a midwestern teaching hospital to free up staff and money to help get their top priorities over the finish line.
Over the weekend, organizations around the world were stopped in their tracks due to the ransomware “”wannacry.” Because the stakes are so high when it comes to delivering critical care to patients, healthcare organizations, in particular, are prime targets for cyber criminals. In response, hospitals are more frequently turning to true cloud applications.
In case you missed it, Kit Check recently released the results of our annual Anesthesia Medication Tracking Survey. This survey focuses on the pain points in anesthesia medication tracking, wasting, and discrepancy reconciliation. For those of you looking for a more visual summary of our findings, we made this easy to read infographic that outlines a few key takeaways.
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