Fairview Pharmacy, in Bloomington, Minn., is part of an eight-hospital health system. When management began searching for ways to decrease inventory cost, increase prescription-filling capacity without adding staff, and reduce the pharmacy’s footprint in order to maximize their OTC area, they knew they’d have plenty of vendors to consider. 

By 2013, health reform regulation will establish uniform requirements for the long-term care (LTC) pharmacy market to dispense shorter cycle medication prescriptions in an attempt to reduce patient waste associated with 30-day cycle fills. There has been much debate in the market of determining these requirements based upon limited information and data.