A private, free-standing health maintenance organization, Group Health of Arizona, was established with a decentralized pharmacy distribution system. A closed formulary and monthly peer review by pharmacists and physicians influence the number of prescriptions written as well as drug cost. A study was conducted to determine: the 50 most-prescribed items by number and cost; drug cost according to certain therapeutic categories; the average drug cost per prescription; the number of prescriptions dispensed per enrollee; and the cost of drugs dispensed as a percentage of wholesale cost. The objectives of the study were achieved but additional questions requiring future studies were raised.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Contemporary Pharmacy Practice|
|State||Published - 1980|
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