UnitedRx Combats Drug Diversion in Healthcare with New Solution, Cubex®

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Advanced medicine cabinet includes several safety features to guard against misuse

UnitedRx Long Term Care Pharmacy

“Our objective with this technology is to develop a culture in which employees recognize the risks and take personal responsibility for reporting drug diversion in facilities and for the patients to whom we have an ethical and moral obligation,” said Chuck Benain, CEO of UnitedRx.

UnitedRx, the Midwest’s largest full-service, independent long-term care pharmacy, is combating drug diversion in skilled nursing facilities with cutting-edge technology such as Cubex®. To ensure that controlled substances are secure, accounted for, and always administered at the correct dosage, the medicine cabinet features extra security and automated logging.

“Our objective with this technology is to develop a culture in which employees recognize the risks and take personal responsibility for reporting drug diversion in facilities and for the patients to whom we have an ethical and moral obligation,” said Chuck Benain, CEO of UnitedRx.

The American Nurses Association reports that 10% of nurses are drug dependent. To illustrate, one in every ten nurses whom a patient comes in contact with is most likely struggling with addiction. With over 3 million nurses employed in the healthcare industry, this translates to an estimated 300,000 substance abusers.

Nurses who abuse drugs are more likely to be addicted to prescription medicines such as amphetamines, opiates, sedatives, tranquilizers, and inhalants, all of which are readily available in their workplaces. Drugs that may go unnoticed for a long time are also frequently accessible to healthcare practitioners, further adding to the problem of drug diversion among nurses and CNAs.

With UnitedRx's Cubex Biometric security, nurses must use their fingerprints to access the cabinet containing over 400 drugs, allowing for the tracking of suspicious activities. The device, which is used as part of a complete diversion prevention and detection program, prohibits multiple access to drugs. Similarly, in order to monitor waste or returns, the system requires access from two users.

“By employing this technology within our organization and making it accessible as a methodology for other facilities to employ, we anticipate being able to considerably lessen the drug diversion crisis in the healthcare sector and incentivize people impacted to seek treatment,” said UnitedRx National Director of Sales and Marketing Melanie Williams

Based in Illinois, UnitedRx currently provides services to over 350 facilities across 20 states, totaling more than 36,000 beds at skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, group homes, intermediate care facilities (ICF-DD), and hospice. The organization prides itself on providing a friendly neighborhood pharmacy experience, pledging to exceed all expectations with state-of-the-art communication and packaging technologies, as well as custom and flexible solutions to address specific customer needs and centralized billing.

About UnitedRx
UnitedRx is one of the largest, full-service, independent long-term care pharmacies headquartered in Illinois. Developed in 2008, UnitedRx has grown to over 350 facilities consisting of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, youth homes, intermediate care facilities (ICF-DD), and hospice care. UnitedRx serves over 36,000 beds across 20 states with pharmacy locations in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Nevada, and Tennessee, while employing over 350 people with an average of seven years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. UnitedRx is committed to performing outstanding customer service to form meaningful and long-lasting relationships to produce positive results with facilities they partner with. For more information, visit https://www.unitedrx.net.

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