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Top medications used in a hospital pharmacy?


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May 8, 2012
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    Colace....LOL those nurses would shut that place down if they ran out of Colace.

    A lot depends on what drugs your hospital keeps as Formulary(this can differ from place to place):

    Some highly used drugs are:

    Anticoagulants and used for VTE protocols
    Heparin, Lovenox, Arixtra, Warfarin

    Any med used for anything BP related:

    Coreg, Lopressor, Lisinopril, etc

    Cholesterol Meds:
    (Pretty much any statin) We use Crestor (Rosuvastatin) the most.

    Also do not forget that at a hospital everything requires a script...even OTCs:

    So you will dispense:
    Tylenol, Aspirin, Motrin, Fish Oil, Vitamins, etc

    Ancef, Rocephin, Zosyn, vancomycin, Gentamicin, Flagyl, Cleocin, Levaquin, and many more.

    You will see:
    Percocet, Dilaudid, Fentanyl, Morphine, Loratab/Vicodin/Norco( a lot have swapped to Norco due to the reduced Acetominphen dosage of 325 instead of 500), xanax, Oxycontin, and many more.

    Antiepileptic/anticonvulsant drugs:

    Keppra, Phenobarbitol, Vimpat, Dilantin, and more

    This post could go on forever, but I think that is enough for you to go look up.

    Start to put together Generic and Brand names...Nurses tend to know Brand name, but you will usually stock/store the meds by generic.
    Also start to pick up on Look alike/Sound alike meds:
    Look alike ex would be Neurontin and Flomax (both are capsules that use a brown and green side).
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      In term of dollars, absolutely. A dose of this sucker is like 100 doses of rocephin, and our docs used to use it like water, that and tygacil. Had to stop that pattern in a hurry.

      I don't think the OP was thinking top meds in terms of dollars...

      But yes, we do our best to limit the Zyvox, too...and not just because it's expensive.


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        When I first got here, the favorite empiric regimens MDs wrote were: zyvox + zosyn and tygacil + levaquin. You want to guess what's kind of patient/disease the second combo is often used to cover? I was wondering which planet the docs come from.

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