Author: Kevin Collazo

U.S. News & World Report Issues the 2021-22 Best Hospitals – Top 20 Honor Roll

U.S. News & World Report released their 2021-22 Best Hospitals rankings. The annual rankings acknowledge hospitals for outstanding performance in delivering complex and common care while also helping patients find a hospital with the resources needed for inpatient care.

Nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide were evaluated based on analysis gathered on performance in adult and pediatric clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. About 65% of the Top 20 hospitals are Medical Packaging Inc., LLC (MPI) customers and more than ¾ of them are repeat customers with more than one MPI packaging solution being utilized in their facility.

The rankings for the Honor Roll consider 15 areas of complex specialty care and 17 specific procedure and conditions, such as heart bypass and lung cancer surgery.

Hospitals receive points if they were nationally ranked in the 15 specialties and if they were rated high performing in any of the procedures and conditions to make the Honor Roll. The more specialties and the higher their rank, the more points they acquired. Please click here to view the complete list of recognized hospitals and the methodology used in the rankings.

Medical Packaging Inc., LLC appoints new President/CEO

Medical Packaging Inc., LLC (MPI) has appointed John Zripko the new President/CEO of the company. An experienced business leader, John Zripko will succeed Andrew Bartels and assume responsibilities after a transition period.

John has 30+ years of experience leading packaging companies serving the pharmaceutical, medical, food, and other industries while achieving sustained, profitable growth. John possesses a unique blend of financial, technical, and commercial skills and is a perfect fit for MPI.

Andrew Bartels will remain involved with MPI as an owner, in an advisory role and as a key member of the board of directors.

“John has the required skillset and experience to take MPI to the next level as we continue to achieve our long-term growth goals in the core markets we serve, “said Andrew Bartels. “John joining MPI is in alignment with the partnership with The Zabel Companies to drive continued, long-term sustainable growth at MPI.”

John Zripko shares, “I am honored and excited to join MPI as the new President and CEO. Andy Bartels and his family built an incredible company which recently celebrated 50 years in business, and I am proud to have been chosen to lead MPI in the next chapter of continued growth and success. I would like to thank Andy and the Board of Directors for trusting me with this responsibility, and I’m glad to have joined the MPI family!”

The New Fluidose Series 6 Unit Dose Packaging Solution

Medical Packaging Inc., LLC (MPI) is excited to announce our new Fluidose® Series 6 unit dose packaging system for oral liquid medication. 

With updated features and new technology, including a larger color touchscreen display, no tools required to reposition platform when packaging different cups sizes and expanded menu options, the Fluidose® Series 6 improves the overall user experience while simplifying operation procedures.

The advanced design and added improvements support our commitment to providing hospital pharmacy professionals with establishing medication management that increases pharmacy efficiency and enhances patient safety.

Combined with our exclusive MPI-certified consumable materials and Pak-EDGE™ UD Barcode Labeling Software, customers have full confidence that a unit dose package containing detailed medication and barcode information is always delivered to patients. 

Learn more about the new liquid packaging and labeling solution by visiting the product page on our website.

Please feel free to contact us to speak with a product expert for additional information and pricing for the Fluidose® Series 6 packaging system.

The Advantages of In-House Pharmacy Packaging

With many drugs facing an increased shortage risk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the drug manufacturing industry, there is an increasing need for automation within hospital pharmacies.

Unit dose packaging has become an essential part of drug distribution and control within many health care facilities.  This form of pharmacy automation has proven to be safer for the patient, more efficient for the hospital and improves overall medication control and drug use monitoring.

Developing and implementing an in-house unit dose medication packaging operation within your hospital pharmacy can provide substantial advantages:

  • Convenience– easily package bulk medicines into a unit dose form
  • Increase Level of Patient Care and Safety – deliver medication to patient immediately, no delay
  • Time Efficiency – eliminate the wait for outsourced repackaging vendors to package and deliver medications
  • Economical – no extra cost of securing a third-party vendor to package medications or shipping charges
  • Avoid Worries – no concern of manufacturers that do not produce treatment medications in a barcoded unit dose form or a manufacturer discontinuing the unit dose form of certain products
  • Enables Securing Medication Stock Options – avoid drug shortages and cover expected demand

U.S. News & World Report Issues the 2020-21 Best Hospitals – Top 20 Honor Roll

U.S. News & World Report released their 2020-21 Best Hospitals rankings. The annual rankings acknowledge hospitals for outstanding performance in delivering complex and common care.

Over 5,000 hospitals nationwide were evaluated based on analysis gathered on performance in adult and pediatric clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. About 55% of the Top 20 hospitals are Medical Packaging Inc. (MPI) customers and more than ¾ of them are repeat customers with more than one MPI packaging solution being utilized in their facility.

The rankings for the Honor Roll consider 16 areas of complex specialty care and 10 specific procedure and conditions, such as heart bypass and lung cancer surgery.

Hospitals receive points if they were nationally ranked in the 16 specialties and if they were rated high performing in any of the procedures and conditions to make the Honor Roll. The more specialties and the higher their rank, the more points they acquired.

Please click here to view the complete list of recognized hospitals and the methodology used in the rankings.

Develop a Unit Dose Repackaging Strategy

Oeiyin Yuen, manager of hospital pharmacy support staff at Cape Cod Healthcare in Hyannis, MA discusses how the 280 bed community hospital developed a unit dose repackaging strategy, which includes the Auto-Print® oral solid unit dose packaging system.  Important functionalities they need in an automated repackaging machine include accuracy of barcode scanning, capability to produce custom labels, a medication information database and easy identification of recalled products.  Read the article here.

In Response to COVID-19, An Update on MPI Business Operations

Medical Packaging Inc. (MPI) is making an amendment to our current business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic as we remain focused on the health and safety of our customers, employees and the community.

MPI is lifting our ban on travel starting May 4, 2020 to resume some onsite visits to customer locations for essential needs only.  Each request for a member of our team to travel will undergo an extensive review and must be approved by MPI management prior to confirmation of a scheduled trip.  We will only consider travel after all necessary requirements and criteria are met to secure the safety of our employees and our clients.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those working in hospitals around the world.  We are thankful for you and greatly appreciate all you do.   Please note that as of 6/1/2020, the Customer Assurance team resumed our normal technical support hours to offer phone, email, and remote support between 9 AM and 5 PM ET, Monday through Friday. If you need us, just call (800) 257-5282 (option 3) or email techsupport@medpak.com.

For all material and part orders, please continue to send your requests to materialorders@medpak.com from 9 AM to 4 PM ET, Monday through Friday.

All other inquiries may be sent to info@medpak.com.

Please share this email with all members of your team. We will communicate any additional modifications to our operational procedures that may occur with the ongoing coronavirus situation as we keep monitoring federal, state and local public health agencies.

We are always here to support you and remain committed to helping you enhance the well-being and safety of patients.

Please continue to take care, keep healthy and stay safe.

MPI Product Webinar – Fluidose Series 5H Liquid Unit Dose Packaging System

MPI’s Fluidose® Series 5H provides the capability to barcode and package oral liquid medication into a unit dose cup at the rate of up to 22 doses per minute.

Join us on March 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT to learn more about our liquid unit dose packaging solution. Our product implementation specialist will provide a live demonstration of the system to explain how it operates and interacts with our Pak-EDGE™ UD Barcode Labeling Software.

Register for the free webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/299234693550486540.

 

Case Study – How the FD-Pharma™ Helped to Bring a New Product to Market

A specialty pharmaceutical company needed a liquid unit dose packaging system capable of filling smaller dosages down to 5mL.  Key factors to determine if it was possible to continue packaging in-house and avoid paying an outsourced contract packager included:

  • Compact size – accommodated limited floorspace
  • Accuracy – able to produce a liquid unit dose package that meets regulatory requirements
  • Easy to use
  • Provided serialization and die-cut lidding options

Click here to read Healthcare Packaging’s machine case study.  Learn how Medical Packaging Inc.’s FD-Pharma™ Series II liquid cup unit dose packaging solution allowed the company to bring a new product to market benefiting patients and healthcare providers.