Accession Number : ADA304801

Title :   Control of Pharmaceutical Products in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s) : Mallette, Samuel J. ; Frank, Donald T.

PDF Url : ADA304801

Report Date : AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates the largest healthcare system in the United States. Included in that system are 224 pharmacies that dispense over $900 million worth of pharmaceutical items annually. Those pharmacies have material controls that are as comprehensive as in most other healthcare systems; however, the VA has an excellent opportunity to enhance its pharmacy control and at the same time improve its productivity. In this study, we recommend that the VA keep perpetual inventory records for both scheduled and nonscheduled drugs and that it automate its replenishment process by using those inventory balances to drive new orders from its prime vendors. We also recommend that the VA treat its pharmacy stocks as assets, measure the degree to which those assets are turning, and measure material control using two indices of inventory record accuracy. By following these recommendations, the VA pharmacies will become the material control model for other pharmacy organizations.

Descriptors :   *FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, *PRODUCTIVITY, *DRUGS, *PHARMACIES, CONTROL, MEASUREMENT, UNITED STATES, ORGANIZATIONS, MODELS, HEALTH, MATERIALS, ACCURACY, DRIVES, INDEXES, INVENTORY, VENDORS, RECORDS, HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, BALANCES, REPLENISHMENT.

Subject Categories : Pharmacology
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE