Distribution and cost of drugs in a pharmaceutically decentralized health maintenance organization

W. D. Hardigan, G. W.A. Slywka, H. J. Eng

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Abstract

A private, free-standing health maintenance organization, Group Health of Arizona, was established with a decentralized pharmacy distribution system. A closed formulary and monthly peer review by pharmacists and physicians influence the number of prescriptions written as well as drug cost. A study was conducted to determine: the 50 most-prescribed items by number and cost; drug cost according to certain therapeutic categories; the average drug cost per prescription; the number of prescriptions dispensed per enrollee; and the cost of drugs dispensed as a percentage of wholesale cost. The objectives of the study were achieved but additional questions requiring future studies were raised.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalContemporary Pharmacy Practice
Volume3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

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  • Medicine(all)

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