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Pharmacoeconomics. 1996 Aug;10(2):123-8.

The expanding role of pharmacy and therapeutics committees. The 1990s and beyond.

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  • 1College of Pharmacy, University of Georgia, Athens, USA.


Traditionally, pharmacy and therapeutics (P&T) committees have been responsible for overseeing the drug use process, using formulary systems to control drug costs. Primarily, these committees act in an advisory capacity as policy-recommending bodies within healthcare systems, for the specific purpose of promoting rational drug therapy. Methodologies utilised by these committees include drug use evaluation, medical staff education, continuous quality improvement, formulary restriction and therapeutic interchange. Future roles of P&T committees will include the evaluation of clinical outcomes information, including quality-of-life issues, to establish policies governing the use of drugs at all levels and in all types of healthcare.

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