Kit Check’s 6th annual Hospital Pharmacy Operations Report (HPOR) which surveyed 237 top hospital pharmacy leadership professionals in the fourth quarter of 2019. The report aimed to capture sentiment, expectations and circumstances that collectively reflect the state of pharmacy operations in more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals and was conducted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kit Check’s report revealed that detecting and preventing drug diversion and discrepancies remains a top priority for hospital personnel, along with patient safety, drug shortages, and recalls. In fact, more than 53 percent of survey respondents reported having a diversion event within the last year, and 37 percent were aware of at least one colleague who has diverted controlled substances. According to respondents familiar with diversion events in their organizations, 47 percent stated that drugs were diverted from waste or leftover medications and about 27 percent reported diversion directly from patients.