In today’s health care environment, it’s important to ensure that patients get the best care possible. This can include spending time with the patient to understand his or her needs. It also includes prescribing, dispensing and administering the right drug in the right dose at the right time.
How Beverly Hospital discovered an annual cost savings opportunity of more than $200,000.
Beverly Hospital, a small community health system with three hospitals and 340 beds, discovered a new strategy for reducing drug purchasing costs and increasing operational efficiency by collaborating with Yankee Alliance, a regional group purchasing organization (GPO), and Safecor Health, an FDA-registered unit-dose repackaging vendor.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires that manufacturers change their product labels from international units (IU) to metric units of measurement — micrograms (mcg) or milligrams (mg). This comes as a result of the FDA’s final rule, “Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition Supplement Facts Labels,” published on May 27, 2016.
In-house packaging often seems like a convenient options but it likely comes with a hefty price. We tend to forget about a lot of the underlying expenses — like equipment and labor. Our infographic below provides a great example of what the true cost of in-house packaging really looks like.
Robotic pharmacy systems are great for those hospital pharmacies looking to prevent medication errors, reduce pharmacy labor and lower medication inventory. But there’s a downside: Packaging and restocking these robots can be tricky. So how do you fill a pharmacy robotic system without it being too time-consuming?
Check out our infographic for some key consideration points for three ways to fill a robotic pharmacy system:
Patient safety is always the highest priority when repackaging medications. The process of repackaging these drugs into unit-dose can be tedious but it’s important to have steps in place to ensure your repackaged product is of the highest quality. The best way to establish medication and patient safety is for your entire repackaging process to be driven by quality assurance. At Safecor Health, we invest in training and education for every employee to ensure our team performs every process according to the highest-quality operating procedures.
Check out our infographic below to learn more about Safecor Health’s quality-driven repackaging process.
Health care is an ever-changing industry. The fluctuation in technology alone can be hard enough to keep track of, but modern medical institutions also must deal with rapidly increasing costs and ever-shrinking resources. This is especially true of hospital pharmacies where tighter budgets can stretch staff thin and it can be difficult to optimize pharmacy staffing.
Highlights about Our Time at the Event
In case you missed it, the HCP Spring 2018 Hospital Pharmacy Conference kicked off in Atlanta, GA last week – April 30 – May 2, 2018. Our Safecor Health team participated in the Reverse EXPO and accredited educational sessions. Hearing from other hospital pharmacy directors provided valuable insight on trending topics and challenges in the industry.
As new medication safety guidelines emerge into the pharmacy world, an 800-bed, tertiary care hospital in Texas recognized the necessity to better focus attention on the specific needs of the pediatric patients in its large pediatric unit.
Failure to prevent cross-contamination during the medication repackaging process not only increases waste, but it also decreases patient safety — a risk no one should be willing to make.
There are several steps you can put in place to avoid cross-contamination, including implementing current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Following cGMP guidelines is one of the best ways to prevent instances of product-to-product contamination, label/bar code mix-ups, process deviations and packaging errors, while assuring that repackaged drug products meet quality standards.