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dc.contributor.advisorHudgens, Bryan J.
dc.contributor.authorHupfl, Kyleigh B.
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-13T22:49:08Z
dc.date.available2019-02-13T22:49:08Z
dc.date.issued2018-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/61395
dc.description.abstractSince its inception in 2013, the Defense Health Agency has implemented several strategic initiatives aimed at controlling military healthcare expenditures, including considerable efforts toward reducing pharmaceutical costs. Despite the success of these initiatives at fixed military medical treatment facilities, where pharmacy officers lead the implementation and management of cost-saving strategies, the military services have not made a concerted effort to expand these initiatives to their operational medicine platforms, where the absence of pharmacy officer involvement has led to a gap in institutional knowledge of pharmaceutical inventory management processes. This case study seeks to mitigate this knowledge deficit by describing these processes for a representative shipboard medical department aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) to determine the potential for similar cost savings. Using a qualitative process and critical incident analysis, this report identifies potential drivers of inefficiencies in shipboard pharmaceutical inventory management and procurement. These include process variability based on medication type, lack of relevant performance measures, potential mission-material mismatches on authorized medical allowance lists, and the lack of true subject-matter experts in planning and implementation. This review provides a baseline and enables future targeted research to validate findings and implement systemic changes to reduce inefficiencies and costs.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/shipboardpharmac1094561395
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleSHIPBOARD PHARMACEUTICAL INVENTORY MANAGEMENTen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderAten, Kathryn J.
dc.contributor.departmentGraduate School of Business and Public Policy (GSBPP)
dc.subject.authorpharmaceutical inventoryen_US
dc.subject.authormedicationen_US
dc.subject.authoroperational medicineen_US
dc.subject.authorinventory managementen_US
dc.subject.authorpharmacyen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Commander, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Business Administrationen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineMaster of Business Administrationen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid32411
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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