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What pharmacists need to know ahead of USP <800>
Pharmacy Times
Although the proposed USP General Chapter <800> is not anticipated to take effect for at least the next 2 years, an expert panel at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2014 Midyear Clinical Meeting described how pharmacists can start preparing for the new standards in handling hazardous drugs.
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Donning by design: Sterile cleanroom gowning evolves to help minimise contamination risk
Express Pharma
The steep price of product rejects and recalls makes it crucial to ensure high product yields by maintaining strict cleanroom cleanliness and sterility. That is one of the reasons that the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) mandates that any product that is injected, or used in the eyes or on open wounds must be sterile, i.e., free from viable microorganisms. That is because, if contaminated with microorganisms, these pharma products can adversely harm patients.
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Text message reminders increase medication compliance
Pharmacy Times
Medication nonadherence is a problem that is often overlooked. Roughly one-third of patients are not compliant with their medications, either because they forgot or were uneducated on how to take them. Medication nonadherence can be dangerous and costly. For example, patients who do not take their cardiac medications properly are at an increased risk of experiencing cardiovascular events, as well as making multiple doctor and hospital visits.
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Substance misuse and abuse among older adults
OTCs Today via American Pharmacists Association
Health care providers often overlook substance misuse and abuse among older adults, mistaking the symptoms for those of dementia, depression, or other problems common in this population. In addition, older adults are more likely to hide their substance abuse and less likely to seek professional help.
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Hospital boosts patient safety with RFID
mHealth News
Fletcher Allen was facing a problem. The 500-plus bed hospital in the heart of Vermont’s ski country needed to turn over as many as 20 to 30 medication trays within a limited time while maintaining patient safety, and the manual system had become unwieldy. It was almost impossible to keep up, in fact, and the pharmacy tech support staff realized that automating the system was the only alternative.
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IsoTech Design is pleased to introduce its new sister company: Clean Air Essentials. The company is focused on consumables used in sterile compounding, chemo compounding, hormone compounding and environmental monitoring and on SOPs for USP 797 compliance.

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