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Optimizing Effectiveness in Electronic Prescriptions for Pediatric Outpatients: A Call for Responsive Action

Provincial Pharmacy Services, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, AB T5H 3V9, Canada
Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328, USA
Department of Pediatrics at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, USA
Department of Pharmacy at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN 37232, USA
Alberta Health Services and Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z1, Canada
College of Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK 73126, USA
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Pharmacy 2014, 2(4), 260-269;
Received: 15 August 2014 / Revised: 9 September 2014 / Accepted: 9 September 2014 / Published: 30 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pharmacy Paediatrics)
A pediatric compounded non-sterile products repository (pCNP) to optimize the effectiveness and safety of “off-label” use of compounded pharmacotherapy through complete transmission of electronic prescriptions across the continuum of care is described. The advent of electronic prescribing has the potential to refocus and resolve long-standing issues of prescription therapy for pediatric patients related to formulation, indication, dosing, and outcomes follow-up, among others. This white paper describes the architecture and function of the pCNP repository. Further, it calls on professional societies, health information technology (HIT) and pharmaceutical industries, universities, and government to create a safer pediatric pharmacotherapy system across the continuum of care. This system would include pCNPs within the existing federal and corporate database structures for medical language, and integrates advanced system safety features as requirements for prescribing, compounding, and dispensing non-mass produced prescription therapies for children. View Full-Text
Keywords: pediatrics; electronic prescriptions; compounded non-sterile products; repository pediatrics; electronic prescriptions; compounded non-sterile products; repository
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II, R.H.P.; Benavides, S.; Malak, J.T.; Potts, A.L.; Guirguis, M.; Hagemann, T. Optimizing Effectiveness in Electronic Prescriptions for Pediatric Outpatients: A Call for Responsive Action. Pharmacy 2014, 2, 260-269.

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