In-House Specialty Pharmacy at Cancer Center Improves Quality of Care, Reduces Medical Errors

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“A new model for an in-house specialty pharmacy in a cancer center has led to a significant reduction in prescription errors and the time it takes for patients to receive their medications,” said Don S. Dizon, MD, and ASCO expert and chair of the Quality Care Symposium News Planning Team. “The cost savings that resulted from this collaborative, patient-centered approach for oral chemotherapy were then redirected to patient education, monitoring, and assistance.”

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An influx of new oral cancer drugs provides patients with a more convenient and less invasive way to take medication, but such treatments are often associated with adherence challenges and medical errors. New research shows that the addition of an in-house specialty pharmacy at a cancer center in New Haven, Connecticut, improved overall quality of care for patients, reduced the amount of time it took patients to receive their medication, and prevented errors associated with filling, dispensing, and taking oral chemotherapy. Authors will present their findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) upcoming Quality Care Symposium, taking place March 3-4, in Orlando, Florida.

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