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Hospital and Specialty Pharmacy

Every medication patients receive is prepared or compounded and dispensed by pharmacy technicians and pharmacists. This is true even in hospitals, integrated heath systems, mail-service facilities, prisons, military facilities, and Native American reservations. Each specialty and compounding pharmacy setting requires unique education, training, certification and experiences to ensure practitioners can provide high-quality patient care.

Working in a Hospital Pharmacy
Pharmacists who practice in hospital and health-system setting can have limited interactions with patients, but they work closely with doctors and nurses to ensure patients receive the best medication therapy.

Working in a Long-Term Care Pharmacy
Pharmacists providing medications for patients and residents in nursing homes and assisted-living communities often need advanced clinical training.

What Obamacare Means for Health-System Pharmacists
Health-system pharmacists' skills are required to accomplish the goal of managing medication therapy to reduce hospital and long-term care admissions, prevent medication errors, and keep readmissions to a minimum.

Pharmacist Immunizers Fill an Essential Public Health Role
Hospital and log-term care pharmacists can protect patients from many secondary and opportunistic infections by administering vaccines.

Working in a Compounding Pharmacy
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians often have to prepare customized dosages for patients, such as injectable chemotherapy drugs dosed by weight or liquid medications for infants.

Drug Compounding
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in all pharmacy settings may be required to compound medications, but some specialty pharmacies focus almost solely on preparing customized dosages for patients.

How to Earn Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation
Eight leading pharmacy organizations established the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board in 2006 to certify the qualifications and quality of drug compounding practices in the United States.

Sterile Compounding Guidelines: Standards, Equipment and Contracting
Keeping contaminants out of compounded medications requires using specialized equipment and following strict guidelines for preparing, testing and storing customized dosage forms.

What Is Nonsterile Drug Compounding?
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who do nonsterile drug compounding have professional and legal obligations to adhere to the standards codified in USP 795.

How Does FDA Regulate Drug Compounding by Pharmacies?
A key distinction between a compounding pharmacy and a drugmaker is scale, but federal laws do not set a numerical value on how many customized dosage forms a pharmacy can prepare.

Medicare and Drug Compounding
Senior citizens and disabled adults eligible for Medicare can often find themselves in need of custom-made medication dosages.

How to Prevent Drug Compounding Errors
Guidelines have been developed by pharmacy professionals, doctors, nurses, regulators and patient advocates on how to identify and address potential problems that can create compounding mistakes.

Central Fill: Essential Pharmacy Software
Learn how automating the pulling, pouring, counting and labeling processes of filling prescription orders can help pharmacy staff meet high volume demands and free up pharmacists' time for counseling and providing patient care.

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