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Laura Paxton

Laura Paxton
After years spent in sales, marketing, and strategy at Fortune 50 companies, I had the opportunity to create a company that reflected our values. Throughout the years we have developed highly configurable software to place formulary, patient safety, and healthcare worker safety (USP 800) information at the point of care. We believe that when we develop software in cooperation with our clients we arrive at the best and most consultative solutions to improve patient safety, medication safety, and employee safety.
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Formweb “Revolutionizes” Formulary for Duke University Hospital

Posted by Laura Paxton on Apr 1, 2022 12:48:54 PM

Like many hospitals and healthcare systems, Duke University Hospital’s online formulary consisted of a spreadsheet housed on the intranet. The spreadsheet only listed medications that were considered formulary, and there was no information provided concerning associated restrictions, policies, or guidelines. This information was not readily available or easily retrievable for nurses and other staff members. 

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Topics: Policy, Formweb, Formulary

“If I leave, you’re sunk,” warns Designated Person

Posted by Laura Paxton on Feb 24, 2022 11:51:14 AM

Have you ever laid in bed at night and wondered “What will we do if our Designated Person leaves?” If this possibility hasn’t crossed your mind, it should. 

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

Formweb Broadly Expands Communication of Drug Information for a State Department of Corrections

Posted by Laura Paxton on Feb 15, 2022 9:22:40 AM

For Rpharmy’s state Department of Corrections (DOC) client, Formweb not only provides an online formulary solution that is easy to access and use, but also improves patient care by expanding communications about drugs in use to departments connected to but not directly part of the DOC. 

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

USP <797>: Are You Ready?

Posted by Laura Paxton on Feb 8, 2022 10:13:18 AM

This blog has been updated since it was first published.

Early this year we heard accounts of citations around USP <797> requirements during discussions with healthcare systems and we are now hearing whispers that USP <797> will become fully enforceable around the end of this year. Because USP <797> and USP <800> are close cousins, when <797> becomes law, some portions of USP <800> around compounding will also be enforceable. Keep reading to ensure you are ready for the State Boards of Pharmacy, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and accreditation inspectors.

The updated revision of USP <797> will move out of the final comments phase on March 31, 2022, making it that much closer to final. Once USP <797> is final it will also trigger some portions of USP <800> to be enforceable by the Joint Commission and state boards of pharmacy. In fact, we’re already hearing that citations will be issued starting as soon as February 2022 with fines coming down in August 2022. Your pharmacy or healthcare facility must be ready.

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

You Don’t Have to Create AoRs Anymore … Ever

Posted by Laura Paxton on Jan 13, 2022 8:53:06 AM

We’re not joking or overpromising. 

Assessment of Risk can be the biggest burden of USP <800> compliance. Once you’ve outlined your list of hazardous drugs and then determined which drugs will utilize alternative containment strategies and work practices, the work of gathering the AoR requirements begins.

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

8 Questions Answered About PPE & USP <800> Requirements

Posted by Laura Paxton on Jan 5, 2022 10:48:50 AM

As we embark on a new year, we looked back at our most-read blogs and this one rose to the top. We're reposting because word is that USP <800> guidelines will be enforced in inspections this year. Hopefully, this information helps as you prepare for inspections this year. Also, be sure to browse through our blog library for more informative content around USP <800>, hazardous drugs and formulary. 

A key way to protect healthcare workers is effective PPE, right? Seems simple enough except that USP <800> has outlined specific PPE requirements that vary depending on the NIOSH category of HD, how they are being handled, and in what part of the facility. 

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

Reflections on 2021 and Hopes for 2022

Posted by Laura Paxton on Dec 21, 2021 4:16:45 PM

It’s been another year of twists and turns, ups and downs, many lessons learned and deeper appreciations felt. We’ve watched our friends and clients in healthcare face challenge after exhausting challenge. With every obstacle, the healthcare industry continues to seek ways to care for the vulnerable and we are in awe. 

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

News: Rpharmy Launches Rhazdrugs Platform

Posted by Laura Paxton on Dec 13, 2021 12:00:41 PM

Rpharmy Launches Rhazdrugs Platform for Hazardous Drug Handling, Disposal Safety Information at Point of Care

Leading Formulary Management, Drug Safety Information Provider Improves Healthcare Worker Safety by Providing Vital Safety Guidance In EHR, On Any Device

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

Customer Story: Hunt Regional Medical Center

Posted by Laura Paxton on Dec 2, 2021 11:10:13 AM

Rpharmy Simplifies Joint Commission Inspections for Hunt Regional Medical Center

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

Your Assessment of Risk is Done. Now What?

Posted by Laura Paxton on Oct 20, 2021 12:01:38 PM

Congratulations! We mean that sincerely. It is no easy feat to complete an Assessment of Risk (AoR) for a single hazardous drug much less the hundreds of HDs you use within your facility that require this level of documentation. So, now what? 

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

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