Case Studies: Providing 24-Hour and After-Hours Pharmacy Services
December 2006 - Vol. 3 No. 9

By Jerry Siegel, PharmD, FASHP, and Michael McCarrell, MBA

There are a myriad of challenges involved in implementing 24-hour pharmacy services, from budgetary constraints and patient safety concerns to IT support limitations and staff satisfaction issues. To meet JCAHO’s requirement for pharmacist review of physician orders, these challenges must be overcome. On the pages that follow, your colleagues – from both small and large institutions – share their initial roadblocks to providing 24-hour pharmacy services and their success with the different solutions they have implemented to provide around-the-clock medication order reviews.

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