I attended National Health IT Week in Washington DC. There were a number of seminars and meetings focused on the growth of health IT in the United States.
They say, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Nowhere is this truer than in the safety net where challenges are magnified by financial pressures, lack of resources and an unknown political landscape. The invention we see there is a far cry from the glamorous world of “think-tank” and “start-up” innovation. Instead, people have to come up with new and better ways of doing things just to get through the day.
The idea that pharmacists should act as care providers has been a part of the healthcare industry discourse for quite some time and has been steadily gaining momentum in recent years.
Regardless of the healthcare setting, the “reason for use” for a medication is essential to evaluating a prescription or drug order. With the growth of electronic health records, computerized physician order entry and electronically transmitted prescriptions, it would seem that associating a drug indication with each prescription is finally feasible.
Despite their many similarities as regulated medical products, drugs and medical devices have for years presented stark differences in how people obtain information about them. All that is changing, though. With the commencement of required Unique Device Identifier (UDI) listings in 2014 – think of UDIs as the NDCs for devices – medical devices are now headed down the path blazed by drugs.
A recent article in The New York Times on the food industry’s search for natural food dyes, “Brand New Hue,” prompted a fair question: why are artificial colorants added to drugs? For they are, in abundance.
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