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Top 5 health system pharmacy trends to watch in 2017

McKesson pharmacy experts share top trends for hospital and health system pharmacies

By Mark Eastham, B.S., R.Ph.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, McKesson Pharmacy Optimization®

The role of the clinical pharmacist is rapidly expanding to stay ahead of the changing dynamics brought upon by healthcare reform. This expansion of the pharmacist’s role creates new opportunities and trends for health system and hospital pharmacies in 2017.

The McKesson Pharmacy Optimization team, a group of trusted advisors that work to help elevate the value of health system pharmacies, has identified the top five trends that will impact hospital and health system pharmacies in 2017.

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