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Implementing a Strategy for Drug Cost Management
By Indrani Kar, PharmD; Shawn M. Osbourne, PharmD, MBA; and Jason E. Glowczewski, PharmD, MGA, FASHP

Maximizing drug cost control opportunities is a mandate for every health-system pharmacist. As health systems expand, many have chosen to manage the formulary on a system-wide basis to take advantage of economies of scale. Centralization of formulary policy management can accelerate the benefits of cost-saving initiatives, such as therapeutic interchanges, restrictions, and enhanced contracting opportunities. To read about one hospital's cost management strategies, including integrating EMRs, managing biosimilar adoption, and implementing clinical effectiveness teams, CLICK HERE.

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Disease outbreaks often can be traced to localized areas of low vaccination rates. Hospital pharmacists can play a significant role not only in identifying opportunities to provide vaccinations, but also by educating patients on the value of vaccinations in disease prevention. CLICK HERE to learn more about pharmacy-led efforts.

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Generics and Biosimilars Supplement

Pharmacy Purchasing & Products recently polled a random, nationwide sampling of health-system pharmacy directors on the factors that impact their generic purchasing decisions. We asked about budgeting, the impact of pricing changes, supply reliability, adding biosimilars to the formulary, and future spending projections, among other topics. The results of this survey demonstrate a slow but continual improvement in the availability of generics in bar coded unit dose. CLICK HERE to read the full results of this survey.

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