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CLEAN BENCHES

  Providing Additional Clean Room Technology The laminar flow clean bench is a work bench or similar enclosure which has its own filtered air supply. The clean bench was developed as an adjunct to clean room technology (the need to protect the work from contamination). In recent years, the use of the clean bench, laminar …

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Hazardous Drugs Remain a Problem for Oncology Nurses

TON – November 2016, Vol 9, No 6 – Drug Updates & News Caroline Helwick San Antonio, TX—Oncology nurses may believe that personal exposure to hazardous drugs is a thing of the past, but they would be wrong, according to Seth Eisenberg, RN, ASN, OCN, BMTCN, Professional Practice Coordinator for Infusion Services, Seattle Cancer Care …

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Sterile Compounding: A Guide for Community Pharmacists

After reading this article you will: understand the principles of sterile compounding understand the requirements for sterile compounding understand the principles of operation of a laminar air flow hood Introduction Health care is increasingly moving into the home setting, creating new challenges for pharmacists. Pharmacists may be asked to fill prescriptions for intravenous solutions, and …

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Could Pill-Packing Robots Replace Your Local Pharmacist?

CNBC posted an interesting feature article about the University of California San Francisco Medical Center utilizing pill packing robots. Doctors at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center look after about 600 patients on a typical day, and each of those patients, on average, take 10 different medications during their stay. More than 200 …

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Johnson & Johnson Back in Court Over Secretive 2009 Recall of Motrin

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–In the spring of 2009, “secret shoppers” across the United States were discreetly buying up thousands of bottles of Motrin from the shelves of retail stores. New Brunswick’s own Johnson & Johnson had, through a private contractor, given them instructions to buyback defective Motrin pills from 5,000 U.S. stores, but not reveal there …

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FDA: We’re working to reduce the risks

The FDA’s first priority is patient safety. The FDA has been working for several years to reduce the risk of patient infections associated with reusable endoscopes — small, flexible lighted tubes that allow doctors to see inside patients and treat certain medical conditions in a less invasive manner than traditional surgery. The devices, which include …

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How Automated Compounding Can Reduce Hospital Costs

The $200 million fund created to compensate victims of the 2012 meningitis outbreak tied to tainted drugs from the New England Compounding Center is an extreme example of how expensive compounding errors can be.   But compounding errors don’t have to cause multistate disease outbreaks in order to be costly. A single error can cost …

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Clinical Perspectives in Compounding

Human Factors in Sterile Compounding Involving a Hospital Pharmacy In the April issue of JAMA Internal Medicine published last year¹, an outbreak of bacteremia due to Burholderia contaminans (BCC) was linked to intravenous fentanyl produced by the compounding pharmacy at Duke University Hospital. The blood cultures of 7 patients during a 7 day period were …

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