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Why is it important to have a written compounding compliance program?

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 28, 2018 / by Becky Templeton posted in Compounding

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Compounding Medications

Prior to the 1940s, nearly all prescription medications were compounded.  With the increased demand for mass manufacturing of drugs after World War II, the number of compounded medications quickly dwindled. Unfortunately, this led many patients to not have all their needs met.  Luckily today, many community pharmacies are able to compound medications to help personalize medications for patients who need alternate strengths, dosage forms, flavors and even alter ingredients because of allergies or sensitivities.  

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Patient Safety Organizations - Pharmacy Compliance Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Dec 5, 2017 / by Jenny Schell posted in Pharmacy, Compounding

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blog-2.jpgQuality control, its something everyone in the pharmacy must be involved in. Quantity control helps to reduce mistakes, and improve Patient Safety. Errors do happen and it is imperative pharmacies are aware of how to protect themselves as well as their patients. The Fit Pharmacist partner and Pharmacy Podcast Network co-host Dr. Christina Tarantola joins Jeff Hedges, President of R.J. Hedges & Associates and Pharmacy Compliance Guide podcast host with Tara Modisett, Executive Director of Alliance for Patient Medication Safety in a podcast on Patient Safety Organizations recorded live at the NCPA 2017.
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Common Adverse Events and What to Do About Them

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Sep 19, 2016 / by Jenny Schell posted in Pharmacy, Compounding

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image_blog_adverse_events.jpgNow that the Patient Safety Act is a mandatory requirement for all pharmacies throughout the nation, pharmacies for Medicare Part D must now record all adverse events, also known as quality related events (QRE), and properly document those outcomes.

What is an adverse event?

The most common cause of an adverse event for a pharmacy can be when a patient is given a wrong medication or wrong dosage, and either leaves the facility or the patient takes it. As part of the Patient Safety Act, the pharmacy is responsible for identifying the cause of the adverse event, documenting the adverse event and implementing a process so the event can be avoided in the future.

What are the top examples of adverse events in a pharmacy?

Here's a list of the most common examples of adverse event drug reactions found in a pharmacy. Print out this list and share it with your staff so you can better train your team to catch and avoid these outcomes.

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New Compliance Rules for Independent Compounding Pharmacies

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Mar 31, 2014 / by Jenny Schell posted in Compounding

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compounding pharmacy regulationsThe future of compounding is changing as we know it. It seems as though each quarter new regulations are drafted and debated within the community, making it difficult for compounding labs to keep up with what is currently required. Unfortunately, the compounding world won’t know for sure what the future holds until after April 2014 when final regulations from the Food and Drug Administration are presented, but here are some things that will affect your compounding lab right now.

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