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International Journal of Engineering Business Management, Vol.6 No.Godište 2014 January 2014. -

Due to the economic crisis and the predominance of drug expenditure in healthcare costs, the cooperation of groups of hospitals to negotiate with suppliers and centralize warehouses has been a recent trend in the pharmaceutical supply chain. This paper shows the economic convenience of centralizing the hospitals’ inventory decisions how much-when to order based on the sharing of medical prescriptions of patients along the supply chain. The logistic network under investigation TO BE model integrates: a central pharmacy negotiating with suppliers, collecting hospital orders, storing and distributing materials; a number of hospitals feeding their medical units with materials; and a number of medical units taking care of their patients. The study is carried out comparing the cost performances of the proposed model with a non-cooperative onein which hospitals manage their stocks individually by means of simulation.

Pharmaceutical SCM – Drug Inventory Management – GPO – Electronic Medical Records –Material Requirement Planning



Author: Raffaele Iannone - ; Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy Alfredo Lambiase - ; Department

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