DrugLog® can verify the identity and concentration of liquid pharmaceuticals in an instant, directly before they’re given to patients. It enhances work efficiency and raises medication safety.
HOSPITAL PHARMACY COMPOUNDING
DrugLog® is an excellent complement to the already high safety standards of medical compounding performed at hospital pharmacies. Most cytotoxic drugs used in cancer treatment are individually prepared at the hospital pharmacy. Yet even in the hands of an experienced professional, the risk of error is always present. Furthermore, the complexity of medical compounding demands extra precautions be taken. DrugLog® provides exactly this.
DRUG PREPARATIONS ON HOSPITAL WARDS
In addition to hospital pharmacies, a significant number of drugs are prepared by nurses and technicians on the ward, a sometimes stressful environment that can lead to errors being made. Tools that help hospital staff feel confident about the medication they prepare not only reduce the risk for error, but also lower stress and help avoid correctly prepared medication being disposed of due to uncertainty. DrugLog® provides that level of confidence.
DRUG DIVERSION PROGRAMS
Controlled substances that remain unopened after a completed surgical procedure need to be returned to the pharmacy. Similarly, opened but unused substances must be discarded. A quick test with DrugLog® will instantly verify a solution’s identity and concentration, thereby ensuring that it has not been tampered with. Using DrugLog® in your return procedure or waste disposal stream will thus help prevent attempts to divert controlled substances to illicit and inappropriate use.
DrugLog® is a valuable complement to the work performed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians. Its built-in computer can be connected to local networks for integrating with existing records, as well as with other related databases.
Workflow support for healthcare professionals
Consistency in drug preparation
Reduced risk for medication errors
Reliable drug verification in seconds
DrugLog® is a unique combination of cutting-edge software and reliable well-established hardware for absorption spectroscopy. With a minimum of effort, users can determine whether a diluted or a compounded drug comprises the right substance at the right concentration.
Take a small sample (0.3–0.5 ml) from the prepared solution.
Inject the sample solution into the cuvette.
Place the cuvette in the DrugLog® unit.
Initiate the test with a few clicks on the touchscreen and view the result within 2–3 seconds.
There is a need for simple quality control methods for individualized intravenous drugs that can be applied in the routine of a compounding unit and at the point of care. Innovative solutions have to be developed in collaboration between industrial companies and healthcare organizations. The results from the first technical and process validations of Pharmacolog’s product, DrugLog®, for cytostatic drugs at our department are promising. We will therefore continue the collaboration with Pharmacolog and evaluate the DrugLog® technology in the daily operation also for other drugs, and contribute to new technical developments in point of care solutions for individualized intravenous treatment control.
Prof. Pascal Bonnabry
irector Hospital Pharmacy, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Geneva, Swizerland
It is well known that drug preparation in surgical units is considered at high risk, due to the stress and the multifaceted activities of medical staff. The aim of the research project on the DrugLog® system is to investigate the possibility to secure in routine the drug preparation in surgical units. To achieve this goal, firstly, we will realize a qualification for 13 drugs, such as heparin, adrenaline and different antibiotics commonly used in surgery based on the recommendations of the French Society of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology. Secondly, this qualification assay step will be completed by a selectivity and robustness study with similar drugs. Finally, if the two first steps are positive, the DrugLog® system will be used in the surgical unit to evaluate its capacity in routine use and its ability to avoid drug errors: syringe switch, wrong drugs or concentration errors.
Prof. Pascal Odou
Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire, Lille, France