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Cardinal Health Launches New Service To Help Hospitals Expand Reach Of Their Outpatient Pharmacies

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At the annual Midyear Clinical Meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Cardinal Health will launch a new service that helps hospitals and integrated delivery networks expand the reach of their outpatient pharmacies, while also generating additional revenue and freeing up pharmacist time to drive medication adherence and other quality measures.

Cardinal Health's new Central Fill Service allows hospital outpatient pharmacies to have prescription medications prepared at an off-site location, without needing to add incremental staff. Using the Central Fill model, Cardinal Health pharmacists prepare and 'fill' the medication as prescribed by the physician, ensure that it's properly labeled and verify that the right drug has been prepared at the right dose. The hospital's outpatient pharmacy retains ownership of the prescription and its on-site pharmacy team then performs the final duties associated with dispensing.

This new service is available to all hospitals and integrated delivery networks, but is particularly useful for those that operate multiple outpatient pharmacies, and for those that dispense a large number of outpatient prescriptions. The service is also helpful to those that operate outpatient pharmacies that incentivize employees to fulfill prescriptions at their outpatient pharmacy.

Cardinal Health's Central Fill Service frees up existing outpatient pharmacy staff to focus on patient care activities including follow up with patients after they are discharged. Time saved by Central Fill Services can be reallocated to medication therapy management and other services that help improve medication compliance, patient satisfaction and ultimately impact quality measures like reducing readmissions.

"Our new Central Fill Service is an excellent resource for hospitals and IDNs that need to expand the capacity of their outpatient pharmacy without increasing their staff or the physical footprint of their outpatient pharmacy," said Mike Brown, vice president of managed services and national practice lead for Cardinal Health's Innovative Delivery Solutions business. "This new service allows hospital outpatient pharmacies to serve more patients, while freeing up pharmacist time to focus on medication reconciliation and other patient care activities. It's a win-win for hospitals and their patients alike."

Attendees of the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, taking place Dec. 8-12, 2013 in Orlando, can learn more about Central Fill Services by visiting the Cardinal Health booth #1931.

About Cardinal Health Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $101 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products and services to more than 100,000 locations each day and is also the industry-leading direct-to-home medical supplies distributor. The company is a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company operates the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs 33,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.

SOURCE Cardinal Health

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