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 PharMerica

New Product Update:
Description: Enables Facilities to Meet CMS Regulations and CDC Guidance for Improved Antibiotic Prescribing

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), resistant organisms are rapidly
outpacing the development of new antibiotic medications. This fact is particularly concerning for long
term care facilities, where up to 70 percent of residents are treated with antibiotic medications each
year – and up to 75 percent of antibiotics prescribed are given incorrectly. Antibiotic Stewardship refers
to a set of commitments and actions designed to optimize the treatment of infections and reduce
adverse events with a goal of slowing the emergence of resistant bacteria and preventing the spread of
resistant infections.

PharMerica’s model Antibiotic Stewardship program addresses the core principles set forth in the
CDC’s “The Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes,” which include facility
leadership commitment, accountability, drug expertise, action, tracking tools and education. The
program – available to both PharMerica customers and non-customers – is designed to assist each
facility in establishing the framework to implement a tailored Antibiotic Stewardship program to
satisfy CMS regulations and CDC guidance and includes:
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  • ​A customized facility program binder designed to fit the goals and resources available at the facility
  • Antibiotic prescribing protocols and timeout policies
  • Infection management guidelines for the 15 most common treatment protocols
  • Patient assessments forms
  • CDC Core Checklist to prepare for survey visits
  • Tracking and communication templates

“We developed this valuable tool to help facilities develop and implement an Antibiotic Stewardship
program that will protect their residents by ensuring optimal use of antibiotics to reduce the threat of
antibiotic resistance,” said Sonja Quale, Pharm.D., vice president and chief clinical officer at PharMerica.

PharMerica views the model program as the first step in empowering nursing homes to build a
successful and meaningful program. PharMerica Consultant Pharmacists can also provide clinical
education to nursing staff and other health care colleagues about antibiotic stewardship, and can be
consulted on a case-by-case basis to ensureappropriate antibiotic selection, dose, frequency and treatment duration for the indicated infection. 

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