|Avella Ceasing Hospital 503B Operations|
Although rumors have been rumbling for the last several weeks that something big was going on with Avella, I was quite surprised to learn that they are abruptly ceasing all 503B hospital compounding services. They will not fulfill any pending orders and suggest that all such orders be “moved to a different 503B supplier.”
They state that other Avella services, including oncology-focused specialty pharmacy services and ophthalmology compounding will continue to be supported.
I have no idea what their market share amounts to, but if it’s significant, their decision will certainly cause at least a temporary strain on the other outsourcers who supply hospital preparations. There has been no public announcement that Google has detected so far, but I’ll be watching for such and let you know if/when the company makes one.
Both the CIRoA and ROFs webpages were updated yesterday, but it might be a few days before I can detect and report what changed. I was on the road last week from an early flight Wednesday through Saturday 11 PM. When I got to my computer Sunday morning, I found that a Windows update had gone awry and somehow corrupted my boot sector. Despite hours of effort, I had to surrender and reset to factory settings, so I am having to reinstall many, many apps, then locate and restore many, many files. As the old Nationwide Insurance commercials used to say, “Life comes at you FAST!”
Poor Sanitary Conditions at Trieu Family Dental Clinics
While I was writing the Avella news, a close thought partner sent me a hyperlink from WPVI in Philadelphia, reporting that the Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced the closure of three Philadelphia dental offices for improper reprocessing and sterilization of dental equipment and “lapses in injection safety practices.” Patients who were seen in the three offices between 1/1/2017 and 12/7/2018 are advised to be tested for Hep B, Hep C, and HIV. PDPH is “not aware of any infections as a result of these unsafe practices.” I include local Philly hyperlinks in the bottom section if you’re interested.