New USP rules may require big changes for pharmacies

Healthcare facilities need to prepare for sweeping new proposed changes to United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards. Specifically, the USP is revising General Chapters <795>, <797> and <800>, which set standards for clean rooms, compounding nonsterile drugs and sterile drugs, and the handling of hazardous drugs. These regulatory changes are meant to better align <795> and […]

2018 to bring financial changes to hospital pharmacies

The coming year is already shaping up to be a challenging one for hospitals and their pharmacies. With profits tightening as drug prices increase dramatically and shortages continue, it’s incumbent upon pharmacy managers to stay current on ways to contribute to their hospital’s bottom line. Consulting firm Deloitte predicts value-based contracts to physicians and hospitals […]

Drug & Medical Supply Shortages Continue: What You Can Do

Hospitals across the U.S. continue to struggle with shortages of medications and medical supplies due to limited supplies coming out of hurricane-damaged manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico. First, supplies of small saline IV bags, empty bags and plastic tubing are insufficient, forcing pharmacists to find alternate ways to dilute drugs before administering intravenous solutions. Now, […]

CompleteRx Company Update: September 2017

We deeply appreciate the concern and well wishes expressed by our clients and strategic partners during Hurricane Harvey.  CompleteRx’s business continuity plan allowed for uninterrupted operations throughout the storm and its aftermath.  We are incredibly proud of our employees, hospital partners and the entire Houston community. In an emergency and in day-to-day normal operations, it’s […]

CompleteRx in the News: Five ways to optimize your antimicrobial stewardship program

For many years, antimicrobial stewardship has been an increasingly hot topic, and for good reason – antimicrobial resistance, classified by the World Health Organization as “one of the biggest threats to global health,” is a growing problem. As of Jan. 1, 2017, the Joint Commission requires hospitals seeking accreditation to have an antimicrobial stewardship program, […]

News Recap: The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

Are drugs passed their expiration date safe and effective?  That is the question that Lee Cantrell from the California Poison Control System and Roy Gerona a UCSF researcher set out to answer. While the duo knew that the term “expiration date” was a misnomer and is a date that the FDA and pharmaceutical companies can […]

Webinar Recap: Pain Points – How to Overcome the Opioid Crisis

In our latest webinar, “Pain Points – Overcoming the Opioid Crisis,” our speakers discussed the current opioid epidemic, recommendations on opioid use in chronic pain and new pain standards released by TJC and assessing risk and addressing harm of opioid use. It was a lively discussion that also providers hospitals and health care systems with […]

News Recap: Problematic Drug Orders, Storage Top JC ‘No-No’ List

According to findings from hospital surveys in early 2016, nearly one-third of health systems are struggling to meet the Joint Commission’s Medication Management standards. At the top of the list were issues involving the prescribing of more complex orders, medication storage and security, and the nuances of medication order review. The results, presented at the […]

News Recap: How Pharma Companies Game the System to Keep Drugs Expensive

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review outlined just how pharmaceutical companies continue to increase drug prices despite current regulations. The article first discussed how generics were supposed to work given the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act established in 1984. This act gave pharmaceutical companies exclusive protections for innovating a new […]

CompleteRx Company Update: March 2017

Spring is in the air and with it comes many industry events which happened in the month of March. We started the month celebrating National Patient Safety Awareness Week from March 12-18. This week is an annual education and awareness-building campaign for healthcare safety. This year’s theme, “United in Safety”, highlighted how every person plays […]