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Michael Andreski, Megan Myers, Kate Gainer, Anthony Pudlo
OBJECTIVES: Determine the effects of an 18-month pilot project using tech-check-tech in 7 community pharmacies on 1) rate of dispensing errors not identified during refill prescription final product verification; 2) pharmacist workday task composition; and 3) amount of patient care services provided and the reimbursement status of those services. DESIGN: Pretest-posttest quasi-experimental study where baseline and study periods were compared. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in 7 community pharmacies in Iowa...
March 29, 2018: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Justin K Owensby, Jan Kavookjian
INTRODUCTION: To explore student pharmacists' perceptions of 1) future patient counseling, 2) use of mobile health applications (mHealth apps), and 3) usefulness of motivational interviewing (MI) in patient encounters and potential app messaging. METHODS: A cross-sectional design with first and second year pharmacy students (n=315) at a multi-campus university after exposure to mHealth app and MI curricular content. A questionnaire assessed perceptions of 1) future patient counseling, 2) using apps for personal use and professional encounters, and 3) potential practicality and usefulness of MI principles/skills in apps messaging...
July 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
Lorah Hickman, Susan G Poole, Ria E Hopkins, Diane Walters, Michael J Dooley
BACKGROUND: Medication errors have the potential to cause significant harm and the final verification of dispensed medications is essential to patient safety. There is international evidence to demonstrate that trained pharmacy technicians can safely and accurately undertake the verification of medication orders in ward-based unit dose containers. There is a need for evaluation of pharmacy technician verification of medication orders in broader contexts including the hospital inpatient dispensary...
November 15, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Neal Hermanowicz, Gustavo Alva, Fernando Pagan, Alberto J Espay, Amita Patel, Katya Cruz Madrid, Daniel Kremens, Jim Kenney, Sheila Arquette, Gary Tereso, Maria Lopes, Carolyn Farnum
A panel of experts drawn from neurology, psychiatry, geropsychiatry, geriatrics, and pharmacy representatives of 3 health plans convened in New York City on July 30, 2016, with the objective of sharing opinions, ideas, and information regarding the optimal management of Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP). Three key points emerged from the discussion: (1) Because of the nature of Parkinson's disease and PDP, finding appropriate treatment can prove challenging; (2) emerging therapies may present an opportunity for effective disease management; and (3) moving forward, provider and patient education regarding PDP and available treatment options is essential for well-managed symptoms and better quality of life...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Scott A Tarver, Javier Palacios, Reed Hall, A Crystal Franco-Martinez
Background: Tech-Check-Tech (TCT) allows a pharmacy technician to perform the final check of medications prepared by another technician. The effect of a TCT program on the time required to process medications in a hospital pharmacy has not been previously reported. Objective: To evaluate the effect of implementing a TCT program on the time required to prepare, check, and deliver medications to automated medication supply systems (AMSS) located throughout an academic medical center. Methods: The primary outcome was the difference in mean total time required to process AMSS medications between pre- and post-implementation periods...
April 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
Timothy P Frost, Alex J Adams
OBJECTIVE: Tech-check-tech (TCT) is a practice model in which pharmacy technicians with advanced training can perform final verification of prescriptions that have been previously reviewed for appropriateness by a pharmacist. Few states have adopted TCT in part because of the common view that this model is controversial among members of the profession. This article aims to summarize the existing research on pharmacist and technician perceptions of community pharmacy-based TCT. DATA SOURCES: A literature review was conducted using MEDLINE (January 1990 to August 2016) and Google Scholar (January 1990 to August 2016) using the terms "tech* and check," "tech-check-tech," "checking technician," and "accuracy checking tech*...
April 2018: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Brent I Fox, Bill G Felkey
We often find inspiration in tech happenings. This month, we explore the opportunities and challenges for using one of the most popular tech gifts of 2016 to advance safe and efficacious medication use.
February 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
Alex J Adams
In 2016, the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy (U.S.) undertook a major rulemaking initiative to advance pharmacy practice by broadening the ability of pharmacists to delegate tasks to pharmacy technicians. The new rules of the Board thus moved the locus of control in technician scope of practice from law to pharmacist delegation. Pharmacist delegation is individualistic and takes into account the individual technician's capabilities, the pharmacist's comfort level, facility policies, and the risk mitigation strategies present at the facility, among other factors...
January 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Sergiu Coseri
Oxidation of the primary OH groups in cellulose is a pivotal reaction both at lab and industrial scale, leading to the value-added products, i.e. oxidized cellulose which have tremendous applications in medicine, pharmacy and hi-tech industry. Moreover, the introduction of carboxyl moieties creates prerequisites for further cellulose functionalization through covalent attachment or electrostatic interactions, being an essential achievement designed to boost the area of cellulose-based nanomaterials fabrication...
March 2017: Biotechnology Advances
Kevin Real, Shoshana H Bardach, David R Bardach
Increasingly, health communication scholars are attending to how hospital built environments shape communication, patient care processes, and patient outcomes. This multimethod study was conducted on two floors of a newly designed urban hospital. Nine focus groups interviews were conducted with 35 health care professionals from 10 provider groups. Seven of the groups were homogeneous by profession or level: nursing (three groups), nurse managers (two groups), and one group each of nurse care technicians ("techs") and physicians...
December 2017: Health Communication
Carrie Leigh Hamby Atcheson, John Spivack, Robert Williams, Ethan O Bryson
BACKGROUND: Health care service bundling experiments at the state and regional levels have showed reduced costs by providing a single lump-sum reimbursement for anesthesia services, surgery, and postoperative care. Potential for cost savings related to the provision of anesthesia care has the potential to significantly impact sustainability. This study defines and quantifies routine and preventable anesthetic drug waste and the patient, procedure, and anesthesia provider characteristics associated with increased waste...
May 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
J Kieran, K Bennett, M Coghlan, C Bergin, M Barry
Chronic Hepatitis C (HCV) is estimated to infect 20,000 to 50,000 people in Ireland. National estimates of the number of patients who have been treated for HCV, their demographics and the cost associated with that treatment have not been published. Prescriptions for the treatment of HCV from 2000-2012 were established by interrogating the records of the High-Tech Drug Scheme and the pharmacy records of the Genitourinary Medicine and Infectious Diseases department of St. James Hospital. 2320 patients were initiated on treatment for HCV...
June 2015: Irish Medical Journal
Brent I Fox, Bill G Felkey
As a new year begins, we look ahead to several important topics that we will closely follow over the next 12 months. The list is certainly not exhaustive, but we believe these topics should be on all hospital pharmacy staff members' radar screens.
January 2015: Hospital Pharmacy
Rivka Siden, Helen R Tamer, Amy J Skyles, Christopher S Dolan, Denise J Propes, Kimberly Redic
PURPOSE: Results of a survey assessing trends and innovations in the use of pharmacy technicians and other nonpharmacist staff in the research pharmacy setting are reported. METHODS: A Web-based survey was distributed to Internet communities of members of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the University Health-System Consortium involved in investigational drug research and related practice areas. The survey collected data on the characteristics of institutions with pharmacy department staff dedicated to such research activities and the participation of pharmacists, technicians, and other staff in key areas of research pharmacy operations...
November 1, 2014: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Adrienne Giordano, Carrie Holden, Cathrine Misquitta
BACKGROUND: With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mandate that all Medicare Part D benefit sponsors must offer members a medication therapy management program, pharmacists were facing new challenges of data collecting using software applications that had limited use for the new program. OBJECTIVE: Health Net pharmacists initiated an automated software application to increase the efficiency of the medication therapy management program, the integrity of the member profiles, and the ability to provide accurate reporting of drug-related issues...
October 2008: American Health & Drug Benefits
Joanne Kaldy
Increasingly, long-term care facilities are using technology to improve safety, reduce costs, and save time. The growing role of high-tech tools in this setting is driven partly by regulations calling for facilities to improve outcomes and streamline costs. One tool that long-term pharmacies and their facilities are turning to is the automated dispensing system. These systems vary in term of type, size, cost, and function; and they are approved for use in long-term care facilities in some but not all states...
June 2013: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
Margarita V DiVall, Mary S Hayney, Wallace Marsh, Michael W Neville, Stephen O'Barr, Erin D Sheets, Larry D Calhoun
OBJECTIVES: To gather and evaluate the perceptions of students, faculty members, and administrators regarding the frequency and appropriateness of classroom technology use. METHODS: Third-year pharmacy students and faculty members at 6 colleges and schools of pharmacy were surveyed to assess their perceptions about the type, frequency, and appropriateness of using technology in the classroom. Upper-level administrators and information technology professionals were also interviewed to ascertain overall technology goals and identify criteria used to adopt new classroom technologies...
May 13, 2013: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Georgette Oni, Spencer Brown, Jeffrey Kenkel
BACKGROUND: Topical anesthetics are commonly applied for a variety of indications. Several lidocaine-containing topical anesthetics are available for purchase over the counter (OTC). Recently, the authors' group has shown that there is great interindividual discrepancy in the manner in which lidocaine is absorbed and metabolized for even a single OTC product. OBJECTIVES: The authors compare five commonly-available lidocaine preparations and their levels of absorption when applied to the face...
May 2012: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
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Clinicians in the ED at Alexandria Inova Hospital in Alexandria, VA, have been able to streamline the medicine reconciliation process with the help of a new high-tech tool that retrieves a patient's medication history in a matter of minutes and transforms the data into a form that can automatically populate the patient's electronic medical record.The approach is facilitated by the regional health information exchange (HIE) organization, and will eventually be available to other providers in northern Virginia...
October 2011: ED Management: the Monthly Update on Emergency Department Management
Alex J Adams, Steven J Martin, Samuel F Stolpe
OBJECTIVE: The published evidence on state-authorized programs permitting final verification of medication orders by pharmacy technicians, including the programs' impact on pharmacist work hours and clinical activities, is reviewed. SUMMARY: Some form of "tech-check-tech" (TCT)--the checking of a technician's order-filling accuracy by another technician rather than a pharmacist--is authorized for use by pharmacies in at least nine states. The results of 11 studies published since 1978 indicate that technicians' accuracy in performing final dispensing checks is very comparable to pharmacists' accuracy (mean ± S...
October 1, 2011: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
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