***originally published by AmerisourceBergen***
BALTIMORE, M.D. – June 13, 2016 – PharMEDium®, a part of AmerisourceBergen, and Kit Check® today announced an agreement to embed Kit Check Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags on PharMEDium prefilled syringes, a solution that can help enhance patient safety, increase medication efficiencies and reduce waste in hospitals. This collaboration brings together PharMEDium’s expertise as the nation’s leading provider of hospital pharmacy- outsourced, sterile admixture services with Kit Check’s industry-leading medication tracking software to better manage inventory and reconcile controlled substances more efficiently.
In the hospital pharmacy, clinicians using the prefilled syringes with RFID-tags will be able to streamline the tracking of inventory, especially of controlled substances, and ensure accuracy when administering medications to patients. In the operating room, clinicians will be able to use the PharMEDium syringes with Kit Check’s Anesthesia Check® to automate controlled substance waste recording and reconciliation processes by integrating directly with anesthesia information management system (AIMS) to match dispensing, use, waste and billing records.
These tools streamline workflow for clinicians including anesthesiologists and pharmacists allowing them to focus on the patient in front of them to help ensure they receive the right medication.
“Patient safety is at the forefront of everything we do. Since our inception, PharMEDium has led the industry in bringing best in class innovations to our services,” said Jenn Adams, President, PharMEDium. “By embedding Kit Check RFID tags on our syringes, we’re taking another step to help healthcare providers across the country advance patient safety and improve inventory management and controlled substances reconciliation.”
“Anesthesia providers are under constant time pressure in the OR which increases stress and raises the risk of error. Pharmacies are also challenged to maintain adequate inventory and accurately reconcile controlled substances usage,” said Kit Check CEO and Co-Founder Kevin MacDonald. “Combining PharMEDium prefilled syringes with Anesthesia Check’s automated tracking and recording of medication use saves time, helps reduce safety risk and allows providers to focus more on the patient.”
A limited pilot of select syringe codes has been underway and based on early success, will expand to include more hospital customers and additional syringe codes. General availability is expected by the end of the year.
PharMEDium and Kit Check will be showcasing their innovative solutions designed to help hospital and health system pharmacy leaders at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting 2016. To learn more, visit PharMEDium at Booth #1007 and Kit Check at Booth #716.
About Kit Check™
Kit Check™ is the leader in automated hospital pharmacy kit processing and medication tracking software. Since 2012, Kit Check™ has focused on replacing time consuming and error prone manual processes in hospital medication handling with faster and safer automation technologies driven by a scalable cloud software platform. Kit Check™ is headquartered in Washington, DC and serves over 100 hospital pharmacies throughout the United States. For more information please contact Kit Check™ by email at PR@kitcheck.com or call at (786) 548- 2432 ext. 5.
PharMEDium Services, LLC is the nation’s leading provider of pharmacy-outsourced, ready to use sterile compounded preparations. Highly trained and qualified personnel adhere to rigorous quality standards and applicable cGMPs using only FDA-approved and allowed sterile drugs and FDA cleared sterile containers in our preparations. PharMEDium, a part of AmerisourceBergen, serves over 3,000 acute care hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers through our state-of-the-art FDA Registered 503B Outsourcing Facilities. Our facilities located in Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas and New Jersey are also registered with the FDA and licensed by the states. As a trusted partner, PharMEDium reliably and consistently works to meet our customers’ need for customized, ready to use admixtures for critical medication therapies. For more information, please visit www.pharmedium.com.
AmerisourceBergen is one of the largest global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services companies, helping both healthcare providers and pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers improve patient access to products and enhance patient care. With services ranging from drug distribution and niche premium logistics to reimbursement and pharmaceutical consulting services, AmerisourceBergen delivers innovative programs and solutions across the pharmaceutical supply channel in human and animal health. With over $135 billion in annual revenue, AmerisourceBergen is headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs approximately 18,000 people. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #12 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, go to www.amerisourcebergen.com.
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