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Outsourced Repackaging For Nonsterile Products


August 2020 - Vol.17 No. 8 - Page #34

A strong relationship with an outsourced repackaging vendor can help facilities manage drug shortages, staffing and space constraints, while also supporting rapid changes to the formulary. Larger facilities have historically relied most heavily on outsourced services, so it is notable that many mid-sized hospitals are currently exploring expansion of their usage of outsourced repackaging vendors. Given the wide array of well-rated vendors, pharmacy has plenty of options to meet their specific needs.

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Just under one third of all facilities rely on outsourced vendors to manage at least some of their repackaging needs for nonsterile products.


Outsourcing of repackaging is utilized at much higher rates among larger facilities.


Hospital pharmacies typically rely on outsourced vendors to supplement their own in-house repackaging efforts.


Most vendors receive solid satisfaction ratings, although few users rate their outsourced vendors as excellent.


Safecor continues to lead this marketplace, followed by American Health Packaging and UDS. Of note, the number of in-house centralized packaging centers remained flat this year.

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The satisfaction most users express in regard to their outsourced vendors is reflected in future planning; increases in outsourcing usage will be common over the next 3 years.


While facilities of all sizes will be increasing their outsourced repackaging volume, facilities with 101-200 beds are particularly committed to this expansion.


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