Successful Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

By Christopher Mangione, R.Ph., MBA, senior director, national accounts, at McKesson Alternate Site Pharmacy

Following is an excerpt from a Marketplace Experts column recently published in McKnight’s Long term Care News, for the full article, please click the link at the bottom of the page:

Nearly 2 million Americans are sickened every year due to antibiotic resistance and inappropriate use of antibiotics has contributed to $21B–$41B in rising healthcare costs. To help curb this trend, antibiotic stewardship programs are becoming a top priority among pharmacy leaders.

McKnight's has reported on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposal that included requirements for long-term care facilities (LTCFs) to establish ASPs. For LTCFs, ASPs offer benefits ranging from improved patient health and public safety to cost savings. As a partner to LTCFs, it is important to understand the underlying causes of antibiotic resistance, the current and future impact on your patient population, and the role your pharmacy can play in supporting an effective ASP.

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About the author: Christopher Mangione, R.Ph., MBA, is the senior director, national accounts, at McKesson Alternate Site Pharmacy. For more information, email alternatesite@mckesson.com, or visit www.McKessonAlternateSiteRx.com