Standardization helps VHA hospitals drive down costs

January 24, 2005

Stephen Melvin, Pharm.D., has become a familiar face around the pharmacy department at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Melvin is a pharmacy manager for VHA Inc., and for the past year he's been spending three to five days a month at DCH working on a project designed to standardize drugs and search for new opportunities to reduce the drug budget.