Anthony Vecchione
Anthony Vecchione is Executive Editor of Drug Topics.
New marketing code a mixed bag for pharmacists
PhRMA's revised marketing code, which goes into effect January 2009, tightens the restrictions on gifts, meals, and honoraria given to healthcare providers.
New label design makes drug use safer
A new label design from PharMEDium should make a medication's name and dose easier to read and recognize. The enhanced labeling will be applied first to four patient-controlled, IV pain-management drugs as well as local anesthetics for nerve-block therapy.
E-ordering of controlled substances more efficient than paper process
A new electronic version of the 222 ordering system is poised to help hospitals streamline the order prescribing process for Schedule II controlled substances.
Minn. hospital improves efficiency with patient-specific med management software
The pharmacy and nursing staff at Rice Memorial Hospital report improvements in efficiency following implementation of Omnicell's SinglePointe system.
CMS recognizes NCCN compendium in coverage decisions on chemo drugs
The NCCN compendium will be used as a source for making chemo drug benefit decisions under Part B.
R.Ph.s support e-prescribing rules but see roadblocks to implementation
NACDS and NCPA respond to new CMS rules on e-prescribing.
Pharmacists say more needs to be done to prevent pediatric medication errors
The Joint Commission issues a sentinel event alert to warn hospitals about drug errors involving kids
IV containers are going green
Responding to hospital customers' demand for environmentally friendly products, the major intravenous container manufacturers are going "green." Hospira Inc., Baxter Healthcare, and B. Braun Medical are shipping more and more containers made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride)- and DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate)-free materials.
Bar-coding/e-MARs offer comfort of a safety net
The ability of bedside bar-code administration and electronic MARs to catch adverse events and medication errors before they reach patients and then to generate reports and track emerging trends is revolutionizing the way that pharmacists, nurses, and physicians are managing patient safety concerns
R.Ph.s vital in treating tough hospital infections
Pharmacists can help control drug-resistant infections