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New Study Quantifies Cost Savings Resulting From Pharmacists' Recommendations

In a randomized trial, pharmacists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., quantified cost savings resulting from pharmacists’ recommendations on medication use. The study, “A Prospective, Randomized Trial to Assess the Cost Impact of Pharmacist-Initiated Interventions,” authored by members of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and published in the October 25, 1999, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, quantifies improvements in quality of care and cost savings when pharmacists’ recommendations were implemented.

Pharmacists in the study attended physicians’ rounds or reviewed patients’ medication profiles. The article projects an annual cost saving of nearly $400,000 for the institution. Pharmacists in the study made more than 1200 interventions on behalf of patients, including dosage adjustments, recommendations to discontinue or add medications, and drug information counseling to patients and health-care providers. 

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