Pills cheaper for hospitals than intravenous drugs

The Baltimore Sun, October 28, 2011

Switching hospitalized patients from intravenous medicines to pill forms could save millions of dollars a year, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. The study looked at the financial savings of of swapping four drugs at the Baltimore hospital and found a $1.1 million savings at the Department of Medicine. The study, published in the journal of Clinical Therapeutics, didn't include surgical patients. The researchers said the savings could be even greater.


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