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Table 3 Pharmacy-Specific Performance on Quality of Care Indicators

From: Monitoring Community Pharmacist's Quality of Care: A feasibility study of using pharmacy claims data to assess performance

  Breadth/Frequency of Performance Pharmacy-Specific Performance on Quality of CareIndicators
  Pharmacies dispensing 5 or more times per year Dispensings per year (N = 54,045,097) Indicator Mean Annual Pharmacy-specific Rate of Inappropriate Dispensings
  N % †† N % ‡‡   Mean SD Range
Medication Safety         
Dispensings of benzodiazepines to seniors 1763 98.0 1,885,484 3.5 Seniors receiving flurazepam 4.3 §§ 3.1 0-42.5
Dispensings of beta-blockers to patients taking SABA 1730 96.2 398,177 0.7 Patients receiving non-selective beta blockers and SABA 15.2 *** 11.1 0-100
Medication Effectiveness         
Dispensings of SABA 1775 98.7 527,955 1.0 Patients over-using SABA 43.3 ††† 12.4 0-91.6
Dispensing of anti-hypertensive medications 1793 99.7 10,838,986 20.1 Patients under-using hypertension medications 10.7 ‡‡‡ 4.0 0-70.0
  1. †† Of all pharmacies dispensing medications in our sample (1799)
  2. ‡‡ Of all dispensings of medications to our population during 2002 (54,045,097)
  3. §§ Median annual dispensing rate for flurazepam is 4.0%, interquartile range 2.5%-5.7%
  4. *** Median annual dispensing rate for SABA and non-selective beta-blockers is 14.2%, interquartile range 8.3%-20.4%
  5. ††† Median annual dispensing rate for SABA over-use is 43.6%, interquartile range is 36.4%-50.7%
  6. ‡‡‡ Median annual dispensing rate for HTN under-use is 10.2%, interquartile range is 8.4%-12.2%.