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Critical syringe drug shortage and extended dating SBAR

By Renee Arbet, Pharmacy Manager, Riddle Hospital  Situation Due to extreme shortages of several critical injectable drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended expiration dates on certain lots of critical drugs. Background Pfizer, the primary manufacturer of … Continue reading

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FDA Recall Notice 6/15/2017: Sodium bicarbonate/Succinylcholine Chloride/Potassium Phosphates

  By David Showalter, PharmD, System Director, Pharmacy Services   S: On 06/15/17, Pfizer/Hospira issued a voluntary recall for 3 medications: Sodium bicarbonate vials, Succinylcholine Chloride vials, Potassium Phosphates vials.   B: The FDA communicated a voluntary recall from Pfizer/Hospira after … Continue reading

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Electrolyte drug shortage

  Submitted by David Showalter, PharmD, System Director, Pharmacy Services   I know that there has already been some discussion in various forums about the ongoing electrolyte shortage. We created the attached SBAR to summarize the situation and provide some general … Continue reading

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LMC: URGENT notice of IV Sodium bicarb shortage

  Submitted by Robert L. Benz MD, FACP FASN, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Professor of Medicine, Lankenau Medical Center   Please be aware that we have but 6 days’ worth IV Sodium Bicarb available to us due to … Continue reading

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Information regarding the EpiPen recall

  By David Showalter, PharmD, System Director, Pharmacy Services   In response to the recent EpiPen recall, Main Line Health’s pharmacy benefit manager, Optum, is sending information letters to MLH patients and providers. In addition, the following message was sent … Continue reading

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LMC institutes new pharmacy-driven protocol to adjust enoxaparin

  Submitted by Robert Benz, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Lankenau Medical Center   Effective September 20, 2016, Lankenau Medical Center instituted a new pharmacy-driven protocol to adjust enoxaparin (prophylaxis doses only) based on creatinine clearance and/or weight/BMI.  Previously, the … Continue reading

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Pharmacy ED medication history services extended at Paoli Hospital

Submitted by Al Celidonio, Director of Pharmacy-Paoli Hospital   It is my pleasure to announce that we will extend the coverage for medication histories by pharmacy personnel beginning on Monday, August 15. The hours covered will be from 8am-12midnight Monday-Friday. … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Duplication

  Submitted by Paoli Hospital’s Al Celidonio, director of Pharmacy, and Robert Fried, MD, VP, Medical Affairs   During our recent Joint Commission survey March 8-11, the surveyors found multiple charts with therapeutic duplications. The basic definition of therapeutic duplications is … Continue reading

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Drug Shortage List (Last Updated 02/29/2016)

  Submitted by BMH Pharmacy Director Harding Williams   The following drugs are not available in the hospital and are not available for reorder from the wholesaler or manufacturer:   Acetaminophen w/Codeine (Capital w/Codeine) Oral Suspension 120 mg-12 mg/5 mL … Continue reading

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Paoli Hospital expanding ED pharmacy medication list support

  Submitted by Al Celidonio, director of Pharmacy-Paoli Hospital   Many of our HMS Physicians are aware of the tremendous job our ED Pharmacist Heather Troup provides in the ED gathering detailed medication histories for our patients being admitted. This … Continue reading

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