Public-private partnerships in the Canadian environment: options for hospital pharmacies

Healthc Manage Forum. 1997 Winter;10(4):45-7. doi: 10.1016/S0840-4704(10)60985-4.


This brief report explores the direction being pursued by hospitals interested in outsourcing non-core activities within the pharmacy department. Private sector logistics companies are looking to position themselves in the drug product supply chain to facilitate seamless transfers of drug products, ordering information and payments between drug manufacturers and hospitals. Opportunities for implementing consolidated purchasing, unit dosing, just-in-time inventory and electronic commerce systems are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Commerce
  • Computer Communication Networks
  • Contract Services / organization & administration*
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Medication Systems, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Ontario
  • Pharmacy Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Point-of-Care Systems
  • Private Sector
  • Public Sector
  • Purchasing, Hospital