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Evaluation of the financial impact of medication backorders in a tertiary care hospital

Acker, Kalyn (2016) Evaluation of the financial impact of medication backorders in a tertiary care hospital. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Medication backorders and shortages may contribute to an increase in the overall cost of healthcare by increasing the cost to deliver care. Drug manufacturers face little regulatory pressure to provide immediate notice to the healthcare industry regarding anticipated supply issues. These supply issues impact the finances of hospitals and the care patients receive. Particularly, supply issues effecting life-saving medications, like antibiotics, are of public health relevance as they have the greatest potential to impact the delivery of healthcare. Although the public health impact is mostly understood, the exact financial impact of medication backorders is not well-defined. The purpose of this study is to quantify the financial burden of medication backorders and shortages to a large, tertiary care hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Medication backorders and shortages have steadily increased in the past decade, requiring healthcare institutions to be proactive in order to prevent shortages from effecting patient care outcomes. The primary objective of this study is to determine the percent change in direct drug prices pre- and post-backorder. The secondary objectives are to evaluate the change in labor costs associated with preparing medication products and the overall percent change in costs (direct drug price and labor costs combined) pre- and post-backorder.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Acker, Kalynkma72@pitt.eduKMA72
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFinegold, Daviddnf@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMiller, Rickrick.miller@ahn.orgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2016
Date Type: Submission
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 18:07
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2020 02:04


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