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A Whole New World of Formulary: 4 Lessons Learned Onboarding, Redefining Our Place Against Competitors

Posted by Caroline McBreen on Mar 21, 2024 1:23:12 PM

At Rpharmy, we place the highest value on our customer relationships.  If you know us, we’re always asking you what makes your day-to-day tedious so that we can alleviate that pain. This is how both Formweb and Rhazdrugs were created (check out how we got started here)!  Naturally, when a new customer joined the Formweb family recently, we wanted to know what we were doing right and what we could do to make their lives easier. 

During a recent visit with a health system implementing Formweb, they shared why they chose Formweb and the main differences they noticed between our software and their previous formulary management solution.  

Here are our top 4 takeaways from that conversation.

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

Enhancing Healthcare Safety: Customizing Hazardous Drug Protocols to Include Illicit Drug Exposure

Posted by Laura Paxton on Mar 4, 2024 11:43:00 AM

Every hospital or healthcare facility is distinctive in two critical ways concerning hazardous drugs: their unique hazardous drugs list and how they communicate the safety information related to those drugs. Of course, there are regulations and requirements like USP <800> and NIOSH lists, etc., that dictate aspects of the list or the communication requirements, but outside of those standards, organizations have room to customize for their needs. 

One of those unique needs is to identify and communicate safety protocols to protect healthcare workers from unintentional occupational exposure to “illicit drugs” or what other organizations refer to as “street drugs.”

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

NEW ROI Case Study: The Real Cost of Manual Hazardous Drug Management

Posted by Caroline McBreen on Feb 19, 2024 3:24:23 PM

How many hours do you estimate it would take a mid-sized hospital staff to create and manage a hazardous drugs database manually?

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

The Power of Women-Owned Business Certifications: Rpharmy is Texas HUB Certified

Posted by Laura Paxton on Feb 8, 2024 9:52:48 AM

In 2023, Medical Design & Outsourcing reported just 23.1% of medtech industry CEOs were women, up from 21.8% in 2022. While the percentage of women in C-suite roles in the medtech industry continues to inch its way up, the industry still has a long way to go in promoting women's leadership.

This is one of many reasons why it is vital for women-owned businesses - especially in all aspects of healthcare - to seek the available certifications and promote talented, intelligent, hard-working women within their organizations. 

I practice what I preach and am proud to announce that Rpharmy has recently received certification in the Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program. The HUB Program is a state initiative designed to promote opportunities for businesses owned by minorities and women in the area of state procurement and contracting. It provides various opportunities for women-owned businesses to garner the attention of state agencies and consideration for upcoming contracts. 

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

The Future of Rpharmy: Building a Legacy of Safety in Healthcare

Posted by Laura Paxton on Jan 31, 2024 10:51:27 AM

To our long-time Rpharmy supporters and new acquaintances alike, we express our heartfelt gratitude for your continued trust and partnership. As our network has grown through recent events, online encounters, and customer referrals, we realize it's time to re-introduce the driving force behind our work. Plus, we have some exciting updates about our team to share with you. Read on! 

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

Implementing Rhazdrugs: Resources for Communicating Cross-Departmental Benefits

Posted by Laura Paxton on Jan 9, 2024 1:12:22 PM

USP <800> compliance requirements touch a variety of healthcare leaders, professionals and departments across a vast and sometimes siloed healthcare system. This is made more complicated and challenging by the fact that USP <800> itself requires physical changes, equipment upgrades, and also many cultural changes across the system. 

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

YOU get a Blog! Top Blogs from 2023

Posted by Laura Paxton on Dec 28, 2023 10:42:51 AM

Much like Oprah’s Favorite Things list, our blogs are gifts that keep on giving… YOU get a blog, YOU get a blog, YOU GET A BLOG! The blogs we selected to share here were not only the most popular throughout the year but also offered helpful information on various topics related to USP <800>, formulary, medication safety and patient and healthcare worker safety. Basically, if you read nothing else this month, check out these blogs. Be sure to let us know what’s on your mind for 2024, and we’ll work to cover it in a future blog. 

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

Unsustainable: The challenges of a Manual Approach to USP <800> Compliance

Posted by Laura Paxton on Dec 19, 2023 9:41:47 AM

In blog #3 of our series about how hospitals are working to meet USP <800> compliance with little to no budget, we’ll share more challenges hospitals have faced as they attempt to piecemeal a homegrown USP <800> hazard communication program together vs. investing in a comprehensive technology solution. 

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

The Assessment of Risk is Complete. I’m Done, Right?

Posted by Laura Paxton on Dec 12, 2023 12:21:32 PM

In blog #2 of our series about cost-cutting measures hospitals are taking in order to comply with USP <800>, we’ll discuss another area hospitals are trying to address manually - Assessments of Risk. 

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

Is Your USP <800> Hazardous Drug Solution Really Free?

Posted by Laura Paxton on Nov 15, 2023 2:08:47 PM

The effort to comply with USP <800> is time and resource-intensive, requiring significant investments in workflow shifts, and technology upgrades. Many hospitals we’ve spoken with did not have an upfront budget to meet the many hazardous drug safe handling requirements of USP <800>, <795> and <797> and must dedicate large sums to new equipment, PPE and even major building renovations to meet new, stringent compounding requirements. 

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

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