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Nurse Convicted in Medication Error Case

While health care professionals do not commonly face criminal charges for cases of negligence, the following cases show the possibility exists. For example, a nurse in Tennessee was recently convicted of gross neglect of an impaired adult and negligent homicide as a result of a medication error.  The nurse intended to withdraw Versed® from a Read More »

RM Alert: Steps to Take to Protect Against a Cyberattack

Malicious attacks on your business can cripple operations. With the recent tensions in the Russia-Ukraine crisis, those crippling effects are closer than you think. At Pharmacists Mutual, we take government warnings seriously and aim to circumvent any malicious attacks upon our members. Federal cybersecurity professionals have issued warnings to American businesses that we should all Read More »

RM Alert: COVID-19 Reporting Reminder for California Members – SB 1159

This is a reminder that SB 1159 as signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom remains in effect. One of your responsibilities under this law is the mandatory reporting responsibility of COVID-19 data by employers to their Claims Administrator. Employers must report the following four items: Any employee who has tested positive whether work-related or not Read More »

RM Alert: Flash Mob Robberies

“Flash Mob” thefts are increasing in frequency at retail locations. Recently a new form of burglary/robbery has been playing out at retail stores in several areas across the country. This new form of burglary involves several individuals conducting the crime as a coordinated group, storming a retailer, and moving quickly to take as many items Read More »

RM Alert: Cyber Security

On Friday, December 10, the IT world discovered a substantial cyber security exploit that impacts nearly every company in the country regardless of size. The technical name is called Apache Log4j. It is essentially a door that is easy to open, allowing the cybercriminal to take full control of your systems. Your systems’ vendors are Read More »

RM Alert: REMS

What is a REMS? The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 gave the FDA authority to require a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) from manufacturers. This strategy would ensure the benefits of certain drugs or biological products with serious safety concerns would help outweigh the risks. REMS are designed to reinforce medication Read More »

RM ALERT: VACCINE MANDATES

November 4, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine. The standard covers employers with 100 or more employees. Covered employers must develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose to Read More »

RM Alert: Vaccine Mix-Ups

Did you know that pharmacies have provided more than 141 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines across the country as of early October? Last year, 48 million flu vaccines were given at pharmacies. As we continue to battle through the pandemic and this year’s flu season, it is important to be vigilant when providing multiple vaccines. Read More »

RM Alert: COVID-19 Vaccine Errors and Deviations

Case study: A patient presents to the pharmacy for a COVID-19 vaccine. During the intake process, the pharmacist mistakenly pulls the Moderna vaccine for a 16-year-old patient. The error is discovered during the documentation process after the injection was given. What should the pharmacist do? The CDC has an excellent resource for those providing COVID-19 Read More »

RM Alert: Opioid Cases Continued – Suggestions for Pharmacy Owners

Another court ruling involving pharmacists’ duties in the dispensing of opioid prescriptions has been issued. Like the Ohio case referenced in September 2020, the latest ruling involves the idea of Red Flags and pharmacists’ duty to resolve them. Shortly after the Ohio decision, Walmart filed suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Eastern Read More »