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.
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.
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.