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Implementing Rhazdrugs: Resources for Communicating Cross-Departmental Benefits

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

When it comes to the hazardous drugs communication plan specifically, we’ve discovered that while one person or team (often with the pharmacy) becomes aware and recognizes the need for Rpharmy’s Rhazdrugs hazardous drugs medication safety platform, there are other cross-departmental stakeholders who must be educated on and (fingers crossed) buy into the need for the solution. This adds another layer of complexity (read “work”) to the Rhazdrugs champion, but we’re here to help! 

The Rpharmy team is always looking for ways to help our clients and prospects, whether it’s by implementing features and functionality into our solutions (which, by the way, that's the origin story of our newest features… more to come) or in this case, communicating the value of Rhazdrugs to other stakeholders within the hospital or healthcare system. We’ve created a simple yet comprehensive list of the various departments that have a stake in purchasing and implementing a hazardous drugs safety solution to help communicate how their unique needs can be met with Rhazdrugs. 

This one-page document outlining the unique concerns and the value of Rhazdrugs for Pharmacy Management, Safety and Compliance Officers, the IT Department, the Finance Department and more can be found on our website's Rpharmy Hazards Drugs Resources page. For instance, the Finance Department's concerns when considering purchasing a hazardous drugs safety solution may be the initial investment, the costs of ongoing maintenance and the potential cost savings. In order to address those specific, finance-related concerns, Rhazdrugs provides potential cost savings through improved efficiency, reduced errors, and avoidance of regulatory fines. We’ve kept the document streamlined and to the point to provide the necessary information but without unnecessary fluff. 

If you have realized the value of Rhazdrugs and need to communicate to other teams or leaders within your hospital or healthcare system in order to help move the decision-making process along, please check out our stakeholder document. Other resources on our Hazardous Drugs Resources page may be helpful to you, too, including the Rpharmy BlackboxRX tool, a sample SBAR template, USP <800> Shoulds and Musts and much more. 

As always, we are here to help. Our team is composed of financial, technology and pharmacy specialists and can provide additional information specific to your organization. Feel free to email us at

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

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