Magazine article Drug Topics

R.Ph.S See Pluses and Minuses in Home Infusion Therapy

Magazine article Drug Topics

R.Ph.S See Pluses and Minuses in Home Infusion Therapy

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Although home infusion therapy is a growing phenomenon in today's health-care system, some pharmacists are still not ready to jump on the bandwagon.

A survey of 456 retail pharmacists nationwide, conducted by the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, indicated that 171 of them (39.5%) are currently providing home infusion therapy. Of the remainder that are not providing home infusion therapy, 17.6% said hey would consider becoming a home infusion supplier over the next five years, and 21.4% said they had never even considered adding this service.

Why are so many less than keen on home infUsion therapy? Lack of personnel resources, high start-up costs, and lack of patients were the most frequently cited reasons.

Out of the total respondents, about 50o felt that home infUsion therapy was a beneficial service for both pharmacies and patients, but 48.2% said that providing these services was associated with a high degree d risk, including loss of convenience financial loss, professional loss (i.e. increased liability), psychosocial loss (self-esteem, self-image), and loss attributable to product or equipment performance problems. …

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