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Don't Throw Away the Meds

Department: Veterans Affairs
Estimated Annual Savings: $2 million

Whenever patients left a hospital, their leftover medications — like eyedrops and inhalers — were just thrown away. Often, veterans would have to go right to the pharmacy to refill what was discarded. The department plans to implement in 2011 a plan to re-label and dispense certain inpatient medications for outpatient use. Approximately 300 medications are candidates for the relabeling effort.

Source: Office of Management and Budget

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