Cardinal Health Launches Pyxis(R) MedStation(R) 4000; Introduces Industry-First Service to Interpret Dispensing and Infusion Data

Monday, December 8, 2008 General News
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ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 8 Building on its flagshipsuite of medication and infusion management platforms, Cardinal Health todaylaunched the Pyxis(R) MedStation(R) 4000 and an industry-first PerformanceAnalytics Service that provides hospitals with customized, actionablerecommendations to help improve medication safety.

The Pyxis(R) MedStation(R) 4000 automated medication dispensing systemoffers new features that can help hospitals increase the security ofhigh-alert medications and reduce medication errors. Key new features include:

-- Enhanced barcode scanning technology - Provides the option to requireclinicians to scan medications upon removal to help ensure they've retrievedthe right medication for the right patient and alert them to incorrect dosageor other potential errors. The built-in scanner is also used during restockingto help ensure the right medications are loaded into the right drawerlocation.

-- Ability to block loading of specific medications - Provides an optionto reject certain medications from being loaded into a specific Pyxis(R)MedStation(R) 4000 system, helping to protect against certain types ofmedication errors. For example, adult-sized doses of medication can beprogrammed from the pharmacy console to never be accepted at a Pyxis(R)MedStation(R) 4000 located in a neonatal unit.

-- User-specific tracking of undocumented waste - When specific usersremove more of a medication than prescribed, the Pyxis(R) MedStation(R) 4000system tracks and reminds the user of the need to document the waste. Theinformation can be used to identify possible incidence of diversion.

Cardinal Health also launched its new Performance Analytics Service, whichsecurely transmits medication dispensing data from the Pyxis(R) MedStation(R)4000 and infusion data from the Alaris(R) System to Cardinal Health expertsfor review and analysis. Based on data specific to an individual hospital,Cardinal Health medication management experts provide customizedrecommendations that can be used to help improve medication safety andclinical practice at the facility.

This first-of-its-kind service for hospitals lessens raw data review byhospital staff to allow more time for patient care and eliminates the need tooutsource costly device data management to a third party. The new PerformanceAnalytics Service also alerts health care providers to potential risks of drugdiversion and identifies opportunities to improve inventory managementefficiency.

"The Pyxis(R) MedStation(R) 4000 builds on our leadership in helpingprevent medication errors that lead to patient harm and higher costs forhospitals," said David Schlotterbeck, vice chairman of Cardinal Health and CEOof its Clinical and Medical Products segment. "Our new Performance AnalyticsService leverages decades of Cardinal Health's medication management expertiseto provide hospitals with recommendations to improve their dispensing andinfusion processes to ensure optimal patient safety."

Cardinal Health highlighted these and other key medication managementsolutions at the 43rd Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and Exhibition for theAmerican Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), taking place December7-11 in Orlando, Fla.

Other key offerings highlighted by Cardinal Health at the industry eventinclude:

-- A new version of the Pyxis PARx(R) pharmacy auto-replenishment system,to help ensure the accuracy of medications picked in the pharmacy anddelivered to the Pyxis(R) MedStation(R) 4000 system through automated scanningtechnology;

-- New STAT identification features and advanced reporting capabilitiesfor the new version of the Pyxis(R) Connect physician order management system,to help pharmacists efficiently evaluate the safety and appropriateness ofmedication orders;

-- Sentinel RCM(TM) and eRecovery Web-based technologies that helphospitals compliantly and time-efficiently tap into significant drug discountsoffered by the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program;

-- ReadyScan(TM) medication bar coding solution and CardinalAssist(R)automated medication replenishment technology, which streamline medicationlogistics and help improve medication safety.

About Cardinal Health

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $91billion, global company serving the health care industry with products andservices that help hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies reduce costs,improve safety, productivity and profitability, and deliver better care topatients. With a focus on making supply chains more efficient, reducinghospital-acquired infections and breaking the cycle of harmful medicationerrors, Cardinal Health develops market leading technologies, includingAlaris(R) IV pumps, Pyxis(R) automated dispensing systems, MedMined(TM)infection surveillance services and the CareFusion(TM) patient identificationsystem. The company also manufactures medical and surgical products and isone of the largest distributors of pharmaceuticals and medical suppliesworldwide. Ranked No. 19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs morethan 40,000 people on five continents. More information about the company maybe found at

SOURCE Cardinal Health, Inc.

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