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P&T Committee Adds Medical-Grade Honey to Formulary

Pharmacy Focus

April's actions by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee include the addition of medical-grade honey to the formulary. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising healthcare professionals against using magnesium sulfate injections for more than five to seven days to stop pre-term labor in pregnant women.

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Outpatient Pharmacy to Open in Pavilion

Pharmacy supervisor Julie Ly stocks the pharmacy at the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion.

The Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion's Outpatient Pharmacy will open next month on the Plaza Level.

"The AHSP Pharmacy has state-of-the-art technology including bar code scanning and automated storage and retrieval of prescriptions to ensure accuracy and support timely processing of patient and employee prescriptions," said Melsen Kwong, PharmD, pharmacy manager.

Pharmacy supervisor Christine Manukyan (back) helps pharmacy tech IV Peter Do stock medication in the AHSP Pharmacy. Below, they look over a computer display in the pharmacy.

Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion Pharmacy Hours

  • Open: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Closed: Saturday, Sunday and holidays

This technology will enable pharmacists to spend more time counseling patients and supporting their medication management needs. As more becomes known about diseases and treatments, patients are often prescribed complex medication regimens. The pharmacist can help patients understand their medications, how they work and how to take them appropriately, Kwong said. Sometimes, something as simple as taking medication with food rather than water can significantly lessen the effect of the medication. Having an accurate medication list is also essential to ensure optimal treatment of diseases and conditions and to prevent adverse events.

"This pharmacy is the newest addition to the current three outpatient pharmacies. It will serve the medication needs of patients whether they are in the clinics or in the hospital and need prescriptions to take home," Kwong said. "The AHSP pharmacy will also provide prescriptions for Cedars-Sinai employees."

In addition to the Plaza Level location, an OR pharmacy satellite is centrally located on the 5th floor of the Pavilion, Kwong said. The OR pharmacist is available to assist the OR, PACU, and Procedural Areas with patient-specific medication needs, whether it is providing dosing recommendations or helping nurses optimize medication administration. In addition, the pharmacist will serve as a member of the critical care response team in emergencies.

Pharmacy services in the new building were created with the goal of being available to play an integral role in the health care team to provide the best possible patient care.