Patient safety is a critical issue for health systems. As a result, many health systems seek bar-coded medications to dispense to patients. Bar-coded product, used in conjunction with bar code medication administration systems, automate the “five rights.” American Health Packaging is dedicated to supporting this health care initiative with its growing line of prepackaged unit-dose products.
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American Health Packaging
Bar-coded unit-dose generics, unit-of-use bottles, compliance-prompting packaging
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Find us at the intersection of patient safety and pharmacy efficiency.
There are many benefits to American Health Packaging prepackaged unit-dose products:
Safety. Companies that specialize in pharmaceutical packaging are highly regulated and inspected by the FDA. Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) compliance ensures that products are packaged in a regulated and safe environment. Packaging professionals are adept at ensuring that the product’s lot number, National Drug Code and expiration date are recorded correctly and legibly.
Our bar-coded unit dose supports health system patient safety efforts.
Pharmacy Efficiency. Pharmacies are concerned with timely processing of orders that supply the proper medication to the patient at the appropriate time. Adding a multitude of steps to packaging and checking commercially available products in-house not only slows down this process, it also takes clinicians away from their core competency, patient care.
Liability Management. Packaging products within health-system pharmacies can involve various distractions in terms of quality systems and process controls. Errors that ensue can place the liability on the hospital as well as the caregiver. Purchasing medications from a highly regulated, cGMP-compliant company such as American Health Packaging can help to mitigate risk by shifting some burden of responsibility from the health system.
Cost Savings. In addition to shifting the potential cost of errors, health systems that choose on-site packaging must consider other direct costs, such as establishing the packaging infrastructure as well as paying the highly trained professional staff to perform, manage and support non-core work.
New unit dose launches include tretinoin capsules, misoprostol tablets, modafinil tablets, nifedipine capsules, zafirlukast tablets, oxandrolone tablets, montelukast chew tablets
Safety in Every Dose. Bar coded to the dose level, American Health Packaging’s unit-dose line has grown substantially in recent years. The line now contains close to 400 SKUs and nearly one-third of those are industry-exclusive items. The unit-dose products are bar coded to the dose level, many already converted to Global Trade Item Number and feature an extended shelf life. Additionally, color-coded labels with “tall man” lettering provide an extra safety feature to more easily differentiate similar cartons on the pharmacy shelf.
American Health Packaging is a subsidiary of AmerisourceBergen. Its manufacturing facility is registered with the FDA and fully adheres to cGMP. Industry veterans with nearly 100 years of collective experience lead the quality and manufacturing departments. American Health Packaging is licensed by the Drug Enforcement Administration to package Schedule II to V controlled substances.
This corporate profile was reviewed and approved by American Health Packaging.