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

(2017 Quality Care Symposium) Feb 27, 2017 - 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.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: March 04, 2017)

quotesMost health plans require oral oncology agent to be dispensed through their specialty pharmacy program, with the promise by the specialty pharmacy for close monitoring for adverse effects and adherence. The problem, however, is that the oncologists are not kept informed of the patient issues, nor are they informed of a break in therapy. When the oral med is filled by the SP, a major disconnect usually happens. Maybe more effects is needed to provide integrated comprehensive care, as opposed to putting up barriers to oncology practices to stop them from coordinating the care of their patients.quotes

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