Specialty Pharmacy
May 2017 : Generic Drugs - Vol. 14 No. 5 - Page #2

As specialty pharmaceuticals continue to drive a significant portion of the increases in total drug spend, stringent controls impact pharmacy’s ability to access these products and maintain continuity of care for patients. Perhaps the best solution to this ongoing challenge is to establish a specialty pharmacy, an endeavor many facilities are interested in. To date, most specialty pharmacies have been launched by large facilities; almost 4 out of 10 hospitals with greater than 400 beds currently operate a specialty pharmacy. Those numbers drop off precipitously for smaller facilities. While white bagging and brown bagging of medications are not permitted at most facilities, those that do allow this practice are rarely reimbursed for it.

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