Unit Dose Solutions Signs Five Hospital Systems for Drug Repackaging

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Unit Dose Solutions Inc., a growing provider of outsourced drug repackaging services, today announced its agreement with Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance (CCHA), which includes New Hanover (N.C.) Regional Medical Center and Southeastern Regional Medical Center, among 12 other hospitals. Unit Dose Solutions will provide individual dose drug repackaging of oral solid and liquid medications for members of the CCHA, a non-profit healthcare organization consisting of 14 member hospitals located throughout North and South Carolina. This is the latest customer success story for Unit Dose Solutions, which has signed a string of hospitals and healthcare facilities in recent months.



We serve hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and other institutional pharmacies, and also receive tremendous interest from pharmaceutical manufacturers and their distributors here in the United States.

    "The healthcare spectrum relies on us for our 16-point quality control safety measures we use in delivering intelligent, bar-coded packaging designed so hospitals can provide individual patient dosages of medications," said Tim Boyd, chief operating officer of Unit Dose Solutions. "We serve hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and other institutional pharmacies, and also receive tremendous interest from pharmaceutical manufacturers and their distributors here in the United States."

According to Jim Tripp, pharmacist at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, N.C., Unit Dose Solutions provides a critical service. "We place the highest level of importance on quality control when dispensing patient medication," said Tripp. "This helps our hospital improve tracking and patient safety while reducing costly pharmaceutical waste."

Unit Dose Solutions also was awarded contracts for individual dose/bar-coded drug repackaging by the pharmacy departments at St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri; St. John's Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.; and Doctor's Hospital in Dallas.

The contracts call for Unit Dose Solutions to repackage the majority of the hospitals' bulk drug inventory into individual doses, each sealed with a bar code and human readable label information. The company's ability to customize package types, bar code formats, and labeling contents at the individual dose level greatly improves patient safety, enabling hospital staff to verify each patient receives the correct amount of the right medicine, every time.

Unit dose packaging with sophisticated, intelligent bar-coding is quickly becoming standard for hospital pharmacies. Unit Dose Solutions was founded out of this recognized need to improve patient safety within hospitals and long-term care facilities by reducing or eliminating errors in the administration of medicine to patients. The company serves as a trusted intermediary between hospital pharmacies that purchase most of their drug inventory from drug wholesalers.

Patient safety comes first at Unit Dose Solutions Inc., a pharmacy services outsourcing company based in Morrisville, N.C., with a second manufacturing facility in Harrison, N.J. The company's mission is to provide drug repackaging that improves tracking and patient safety in accordance with current good manufacturing practices. Unit Dose Solutions has customers that include UNC Health Care, Duke Medical Center, Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance, among many other acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, long-term care hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare organizations. For more information, visit http://www.unitdoseinc.com.

Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance (http://www.coastalalliance.org) is a non-profit organization consisting of member hospitals located in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. The purpose of the Alliance is to provide a cooperative forum for improving the quality and delivery of healthcare to the citizens of the region.

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