Medication management solutions

The difference is one medication management partner and an integrated platform that unifies complex systems, practices and processes

Medication availability

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End-to-end infusion safety

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Current state

In an ideal world, your medication use process would have zero errors and zero waste

But from the point of order to patient administration, there are 30 workflow steps that carry a 45% risk of error. Considering many healthcare systems process an average of 20,000 doses per day, the impact can be massive.

(Joint Commission Resources, Conversation, 27 July 2016. Porché, Robert A. 2008 Medication Use: A Systems Approach to Reducing Errors, Second Edition. Joint Commission Resources.)


Daily Doses



Error Rate



Daily Opportunities
For Error

(Porché, Robert A. 2008 Medication Use: A Systems Approach to Reducing Errors, Second Edition. Joint Commission Resources.)

3-4 h

Buyers spend three to four hours per day on pharmacy purchases, reconciling meds and stocking shelves.

("Implementation and Evaluation of Carousel Dispensing Technology in a University Medical Center Pharmacy."" Temple, Jack & Ludwig, Brad, American Journal of Health Systems Pharmacy, May 2010)


Seven percent of high-risk infusions are compounded in error.

(Reece K, Lozano M, Roux R, Spivey S. Implementation and evaluation of a gravimetric i.v. workflow software system in an oncology ambulatory care pharmacy. Am J Health Syst Pharm, 2016;73(3).)

Severe Harm




Other Incidents


NPSA reports relating to omitted or delayed medicines between September 2006 and June 2009.

(National Patient Safety Agency. Reducing Harm from Omitted and Delayed Medicines in Hospital. NHS; 2010.)


An average of six percent of hospital drug inventory is wasted or expires each year.

(CareFusion — Pyxis 2011 Pharmacy Research, Data from MedAssets / Broadline Acute Care Hospitals, Gathered Oct-Nov 2011, pg. 2. Dominic & Irvine Research, 2011)


An estimated 56% of medication errors are IV-related, and 61% of these errors are life-threatening.

(Prusch, A., Suess, T., Paoletti, R., Olin, S. et al. (2011 May). Integrating technology to improve medication administration. American Journal of Health System Pharmacy. 68(9):835–842.)


Nurses spend only 20-25% of their time on patient care and around 35% of their time on documentation.

(Hendrich, A., Chow, M.P., Skierczynski, B.A., & Zhenqiang, Lu (2008). 36-Hour Time and Motion Study: How Do Medical-Surgical Nurses Spend Their Time? The Permanente Journal. 12(3). West Health Institute. (2013, March) The Value of Medical Device Interoperability.)

  1. Overview
  2. Inventory
  3. Preparation
  4. Delivery
  5. Waste
  6. Administration
  7. Documentation

To manage these steps, healthcare systems have invested heavily in EHR and point solution technology, but process gains have been nominal.


The problem lies in the gaps

As medication moves across all these steps, there are process and information gaps that create unknowns and guesswork

Disconnected tech

Products sourced from multiple vendors each have their own formulary, security, connectivity and support protocols. This creates an environment that is difficult to manage and resource-intensive to support.

Lack of visibility

When data exists in disparate systems, staff struggle to maintain accurate med inventory, deliver meds safely and on-time and maximize charge capture—leading to lost time, manual effort and unhappy patients.

Variation in practices

A lack of integration between systems forces staff to create manual workarounds that multiply practice variation, delaying time to first dose and may impact patient satisfaction and outcomes.

A new approach

Get more out of your medication management investment

With BD, analyze all medication data in one location and bring consistency to your pharmacists, nurses, and patients

Technology, services and analytics

Simplified systems management

Single view of data across entire process

One partner with support at every step

Benchmark across hospitals and health systems


Supporting better outcomes across the board

Limit the potential for costly errors, free staff to spend more time on patient-centric care, and reduce the number of systems and workflows to manage


The operational benefit

With BD's complete medication management platform across your entire healthcare system, you’ll be able to manage all medications – from inventory to reconciliation – across the med use process.

When you’re able to streamline steps in the med process from the same platform, you drastically reduce complexity and process variations. That means, you’ll increase staff efficiency and productivity, while simultaneously reducing waste.

The clinical benefit

With BD, you can standardize and simplify your medication management process from preparation to documentation, reducing the risk for error and inefficiency.

BD Alaris and BD Pyxis interoperability with leading EMR systems provides added safety for your patients and confidence for your clinicians.

The technical benefit

By using a single, streamlined platform for medication management, your IT department will have fewer systems, databases and users to manage and can push formulary, user accounts and system updates across all sites and facilities within your health system.

Standardization of medication management practices also makes it easy for staff to rotate to different facilities, creates more efficient workflows, and reduces medication waste.

The patient benefit

With BD, you’ll help ensure that the right med is available when and where needed. You’ll also work to help improve infusion safety across the med use process, from initial compounding to administration at the patient’s bedside.

For patients, that means getting the right meds in a timely fashion—improving safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes.


Safer, simpler, smarter medication management

See how we are reinventing med management by closing the gaps in the med use process through integrated technologies with support at every step.

Medication availability

Establish a unified medication workflow from order to administration and take the guesswork out of finding medications.

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End-to-end infusion safety

Seamlessly manage infusions from physician order to patient administration.

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  1. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Preventing Occupational Exposure to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); 2004.
  2. Sessink PJ, Wittenhorst BC, Anzion RB, Bos RP. Exposure of pharmacy technicians to antineoplastic agents: reevaluation after additional protective measures. Arch Environ Health. 1997;52(3):240-244.

Technology, services and analytics

With BD's enterprise-wide, integrated med management platform, you can integrate your existing technology and optimize your processes and data.

With BD, you can:

  • Have a single platform that provides a unified, enterprise-wide medication management system.
  • Have a centralized location to manage data across your system, supporting consistent practices.
  • Have visibility to medication data and analytics that help you improve process and practice.
  • Have one approach to technology implementation and education with support from clinical and technical best practice experts.

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Simplified systems management

With BD, you'll run a lean, secure and cost-efficient health system that is better positioned to achieve its financial, patient safety and satisfaction goals—today and as you grow.

With BD, you can:

  • Manage fewer disparate systems, databases and user credentials.
  • Push formulary, scan code and user role account updates across all BD Pyxis? ES and BD Pyxis? Logistics—managed sites and facilities within your health system.
  • Increase staff efficiency and productivity by eliminating redundant steps and instituting consistent workflows across all locations.

Single view of data across entire process

With BD, you'll gain a holistic view of your processes with actionable data you can use to set proper par values, identify diversion risk areas, and assess the efficiency of your workflows and processes.

With BD, you can:

  • Prioritize preparation, checking and re-stocking activities to ensure prompt delivery of medications to patients.
  • Optimize inventory and ensure the right medications are available when needed, decreasing waste and carrying costs.
  • Automate ordering and receiving workflow, as well as compliance documentation for all medications, including IVs and controlled substances.

One partner with support at every step

With BD's clinical and technical services, you’ll collaborate on a tailored roadmap and implementation plan designed to help you achieve your unique productivity, cost and safety goals.

With BD, you can:

  • Learn about process gaps and areas for improvement, examine solution recommendations, and visualize the long-term, strategic value of your project.
  • See which of your systems can talk to each other and share data, as well as areas where workflow and policy differences and data variability are creating inefficiencies.
  • Spend one-on-one time with our medication management experts, where they’ll learn first-hand about the challenges your employees face every day, identify opportunities for further nursing and pharmacy alignment, and provide at-the-elbow support for new processes and technologies.

Benchmark across hospitals and health systems

With BD, you’ll have the knowledge, data and recommendations you need to streamline your medication environment and install a culture of continuous improvement.

With BD, you can:

  • Measure results with tangible metrics and benchmarks from across the industry.
  • Uncover actionable infusion and medication data that will allow you to make better, data-driven decisions.