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IV-WMS: Slow Adoption Remains A Threat to Compounding Safety
By Adam Leitenberger

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain budgets and resources, U.S. hospital pharmacies have made progress in adopting IV workflow management systems (IV-WMS)…

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IV Workflow Management Systems: A Century in the Making
By Tyler Nichols, PharmD, BCPS

The compounding of sterile medications for parenteral administration to patients is not a new process. Its history has involved numerous important transitions, many of which have been, unfortunately, sparked by errors and harm to patients. Most of the last century has been focused on the sterility and stability of these products, which ultimately led to […]

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Drug barcode guru and gadfly talks FDA rules and IV robotics
By Bill Siwicki

Patient safety advocate Mark Neuenschwander is now working to make hospital intravenous therapy as safe as humanly – and robotically – possible.

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Push Is On to Make IV-WMS Universal
By Gina Shaw

From Pharmacy Technology Report, March 12, 2020 In December 2014, a 65-year-old woman was at home in Bend, Ore., recovering from brain surgery she had recently undergone in Seattle. After experiencing bouts of anxiety, she went to the ER at a local hospital, where the doctor ordered IV administration of fosphenytoin, a low-risk antiseizure medication […]

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2019 and 2020: Optimistic? Pessimistic? It’s All Relative
By Marie Rosenthal and David Bronstein

That top level of quality is critical, especially in IV compounding, added Mark Neuenschwander, the founding director of THRIV, an organization advocating for accuracy in IV medication preparation.

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George Laurer, who designed the modern barcode, dies at 94
By Mark Neuenschwander

George Laurer, the electrical engineer who designed the modern barcode in the 1970s, has died at age 94.

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