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Outsourcing of pharmacies: Prescription for problems?

Pharmacy outsourcingIn the March issue of Portfolio, Katherine Eban reported on the prescription error that killed a premature infant in a Nevada hospital which had outsourced its pharmacy operations. Eban says hospitals that turn over their pharmacies to management companies often cede nearly total control, a situation that can create a dangerous disconnect between the hospital’s medical staff and the pharmacy. Now Eban explains how she reported the story and offers ideas for reporters who should be looking into hospital pharmacies in their areas.

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