The Opioid Epidemic: How Joining Forces Can Turn the Tide

10/27/16
The U.S. is in the midst of a national crisis. In the past two decades we have seen increasing use, abuse and deaths associated with opioid medications. Here are a few disconcerting trends*: Prescribing opioids is on the increase. Approximately 20% of patients receive an opioid prescription for non-cancer-related symptoms or pain-related diagnosis in America. This 20% translates to approximately 259 million prescriptions or an equivalent of one bottle of opioids for every adult in America. More

Another Drug Shortage. Another Price Hike?

09/24/16
While attending the National Nuclear Security Administration 2016 Mo-99 conference in St. Louis last week, I learned of a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) citing the 50% likelihood of a shortage of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). Mo-99 is used to produce technetium-99m (Tc-99m), which is used in millions of diagnostic procedures annually. More

When Specialty Drugs Are No Longer in the Minority

09/02/16
One of the areas of greatest concern for pharmacy practice, in terms of both cost and impact on patient care, is the increasing development of pharmaceuticals that could be classified as “specialty.” While there is no universally accepted definition of a specialty drug, most characterizations include attributes such as: • High cost • Limited extent of use • Technical complexity of delivery and/or administration • Treatment of complex and/or... More

Use Mock Accreditation Surveys to Address Common Problem Areas

04/29/16
One of the areas of greatest concern for pharmacy practice, in terms of both cost and impact on patient care, is the increasing development of pharmaceuticals that could be classified as “specialty.” While there is no universally accepted definition of a specialty drug, most characterizations include attributes such as: • High cost • Limited extent of use • Technical complexity of delivery and/or administration • Treatment of complex and/or... More

3 Ways to Reduce Medication Waste in Your Hospital

03/08/16
One of the areas of greatest concern for pharmacy practice, in terms of both cost and impact on patient care, is the increasing development of pharmaceuticals that could be classified as “specialty.” While there is no universally accepted definition of a specialty drug, most characterizations include attributes such as: • High cost • Limited extent of use • Technical complexity of delivery and/or administration • Treatment of complex and/or... More