FDA Label Changes for Vitamins A, D and E

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.

Pharmacies can expect to start seeing these label changes come through on all over-the-counter (OTC) fat-soluble vitamin A, D and E products. We understand that this change can be difficult when trying to determine the metric equivalent for IUs. For a safer transition to metric labeling, Safecor Health will begin including both the IU and metric measurements on its labels, when possible.

For any questions or concerns regarding this new regulation, please contact a Safecor Health representative at 800.447.1006 or quality@safecorhealth.com.

The True Cost of In-House Packaging

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.

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3 Ways to Fill a Robotic Pharmacy System [infographic]

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:

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Ensuring a Quality-Driven Repackaging Process [infographic]

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.

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How to Optimize Pharmacy Staffing through Repackaging

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.

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Trending Hospital Pharmacy Challenges from HCP Spring 2018

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.

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7 Tips to Help You Avoid Cross-Contamination During Unit-Dose Drug Repackaging

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.

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3 Hidden Savings of Outsourced Repackaging

For many hospitals, in-house repackaging often seems like the most cost-effective way to package drugs into unit-dose. Unfortunately, with limited resources, hospital pharmacies don’t always have the time needed to focus on packaging. To offset staff time spent on packaging, many pharmacies purchase whatever is available in commercial unit-dose. Unfortunately, many of those unit-dose purchases have a significant cost premium versus bulk bottles.

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How Will USP General Chapter <800> Affect Medication Repackaging?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed USP General Chapter <800> to better protect all workers, patients and general public who may potentially come in contact with hazardous drugs. Many hospitals are keeping this top of mind as they try to understand how these requirements will impact their pharmacy operations. If your hospital pharmacy currently repackages hazardous drugs in-house, you may need to implement new steps and process changes to be compliant with USP <800> once it becomes official (tentatively December 2019).

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