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directors, says facilities pay a one-time membership fee (based on facility size) to the company and provide an estimate of how much of the available medications they'll need over a 5-year period. The facili- ties commit to purchasing the agents through Civica, which in turn ensures the medications will be available. It's a win-win arrangement that could help solve the shortage crisis; pharmaceutical manufactur- ers have guaranteed business for 5 years, and facilities receive a steady supply of the medications they need. 5. Stock more often-used medications. If your facility employs just-in-time inventory management, you probably keep a 3- day supply on shelves to limit waste and ensure drugs are used before they become outdated. That thinking makes good practical sense, but isn't the best way to manage medications in short supply. "We've been burned by that before," says Tricia Meyer, PharmD, MS, FASHP, FTSHP, associate vice president in the department of pharma- cy at Baylor Scott and White Health in Temple, Texas. "It might be best to extend inventories to stock 5 to 7 days' worth of often-used medications." To help combat shortages, Dr. Meyer has added back-up to invento- ry, lowered par levels in automated medication dispensing cabinets, settled for buying needed drugs at various strengths, and purchased more expensive generics and therapeutic alternatives. She's also found that requiring anesthesia providers or staff members to request drugs on short supply on a case-by-case basis curtails usage and extends reserve supplies. OSM 4 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 1 9

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