Addressing Narcotic Waste

Health-system policies and procedures for handling and disposing of controlled substances vary.1 There are financially significant costs associated with wasting both the product and the valuable time of a skilled workforce.1 Optimizing product size, taking special note to match product availability with common practice use, would reduce the associated financial burden on our health-systems nationwide.1

Narcotic Waste

Fresenius Kabi has developed an interactive calculator to help you assess the waste for Fentanyl Citrate Injection, USP CII, Hydromorphone HCl Injection, USP CII, and Morphine Sulfate Injection, USP CII. The calculator‘s purpose is to help you recognize your institutional costs, understand the implications, and quantify data to implement an improvement plan.

The Narcotic Waste Calculator requires four data pieces for each medication, which can be specified when running reports from your automated dispensing system (ADS):

  • Acquisition Cost
  • Number of Waste Events
  • Total Waste
  • Total Days Observed
  • Critical variables to the calculations are Workforce Hourly Wage and Workforce Time Wasted per Event. Both can be adjusted to fit your institutional needs. The results of your data input quantify into Vials Wasted Annually, Hours Wasted Annually, and Dollars Wasted Annually.

    Contact a Sales Representative to access the Narcotic Waste Calculator to help quantify narcotic waste.