If you're heading to Las Vegas for the 2017 California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Seminar, be sure to stop by Intelliguard® RFID booth #309 to see us. We look forward to meeting friends new and old, learning what you've been working on and discussing how we can help you achieve your pharmacy's goals!... read more
Join us at the Health Connect Partners HCP17 Fall Hospital Pharmacy Conference, October 16-18 in Chicago! Come by the Intelliguard® RFID VIP Hospitality Suite on Monday evening, starting at 6:30pm in the Mirabel Room at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Enjoy an assortment of craft beers and delicious appetizers, grab your fun giveaway glasses and discover your passport to enterprise-wide ciritical inventory visibility.... read more
According to dozens of news reports, the FDA is worried that there could be shortages of some critical drugs produced in Puerto Rico. Reports from CNN, Forbes, USA Today and Modern Healthcare, among others, outline top global manufacturing facilities on the island, and report a list of about 40 drugs that are of concern, 13 of which are made only in Puerto Rico and for which there are no therapeutic substitutes. Puerto Rico is home to dozens of drug and device manufacturing facilities, including cancer drugs, immunosuppressants used by transplant patients and devices for diabetic patients, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said in a statement on Sept. 25.... read more
I was intrigued by the question Mark Roberti posed in his RFID Journal article “When RFID Becomes Obsolete. What new technology will replace radio frequency identification for inventory management, asset tracking and other applications?” While a number of potential replacements were discussed, the bigger takeaway of the article in my opinion was that RFID is uniquely positioned to deliver simple, low-cost and effective item-level tracking at large quantities - a capability that is incredibly valuable across industries - and as such, no replacement is imminent. What I would add to the article’s assessment is, not only is RFID here to stay, but that we are merely at the outset when it comes to realizing the full potential of this incredibly powerful and useful technology.... read more
An analysis of expenses conducted by researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital found that pharmaceutical expenses have risen fourfold during the last five years, while the quantity of units ordered increased about twofold during the same period. The article, published in Anesthesiology News, outlined the results of the study, which was focused on the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the hospital. Expenses were analyzed in detail - by category, unit and cost - to identify patterns and root causes for the findings.... read more
"UCLA Pharmacy Closed After State Finds it Sent Out Drugs With Expired, Potentially Dangerous Ingredients" This disturbing headline appeared on the front page of the LA Times. You can read the full story here. In summary, more than 1,000 IV bags of sterile medications for heart patients and others with serious health issues had been made with expired and potentially dangerous ingredients, according to state Board of Pharmacy records. The expiration dates on those drugs ranged from November 2015 to September 2016 and at least 350 bags of the adulterated medications were reportedly delivered to patients.... read more
The Joint Commission (TJC) Medication Management standards include 8 sections and 20 elements of performance providing detailed guidelines and recommendations for storage and security of medications. Hospital and health system pharmacists and quality leaders face significant compliance challenges, with medication storage being one of the biggest areas of non-compliance. Advances in RFID technology allow health system leaders to take action to minimize medication management risks.... read more
Pharmacy procurement and purchasing managers in hospitals and health systems are tasked with balancing numerous requirements. It is their duty to work within budget parameters while ensuring that patients receive optimum care. They also face growing challenges as costs rise and new regulations are introduced. Timely, accurate and detailed medication inventory data is a key input that enables supply chain managers and pharmacy leadership to work together, making informed and intelligent decisions that help achieve their goals.... read more
Advanced radio frequency identification (RFID) technology solutions are designed to eliminate manual, error-prone processes and provide 100% visibility and traceability to all inventory to which an RFID tag is applied – anywhere throughout an enterprise.
RFID healthcare technology for hospital pharmacy automation saves time, eliminates errors and provides actionable intelligence to optimize inventory. The best solutions understand hospital pharmacy operations and have developed technology and processes that optimize efficiency without workarounds.
Rising drug expenses have been headline news recently, and a new cancer therapy is no exception. Approval for this treatment appears to be all but certain with initial price estimates upwards of $600,000 for a one-time treatment.... read more