Hospitals have opportunities to reduce the use of expensive or hard-to-get drugs and save money without compromising patient care, according to Andrew Donnelly, director of pharmacy services at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System (UI Health), who spoke at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. His remarks are reported in an article posted on the HealthLeaders Media website.
Hospitals need to know that there may be feasible alternatives to medications that suddenly become much more expensive, Donnelly said. And if the alternative approaches are evidence-based, then they shouldn’t affect quality of care.
“You don't necessarily have to continue using that very expensive medication in the same manner you do right now,” he said. “Keep the expensive medication for when there is absolutely no other alternative.”
By working with a team consisting of clinicians and representatives for pharmacy, finance, and administrators, UI Health developed strategies to substitute drugs, reduce waste, and develop guidelines, Donnelly reported. He offered the following suggestions:
Source: HealthLeaders Media; February 23, 2017.