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Vizient, Inc. Hosts Congressional Briefing to Discuss Pharmaceutical Challenges and Solutions Facing America’s Hospitals

07/24/17

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IRVING, Texas
"Access to affordable drugs is one of the most critical challenges facing health care today"

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vizient, Inc. is hosting a congressional briefing titled, “Rx for Success,” which is aimed at discussing ways hospital providers nationwide are managing pharmaceutical use, mitigating rising prescription drug costs, helping avoid drug shortages and preparing for biosimilar adoption.

The briefing is scheduled for today, July 24, at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C. The goal of today’s briefing is to educate policy makers about providers’ challenges and engage in discussions across stakeholders to find solutions. A panel of experts will offer the hospitals’ perspectives. The panelists are:

  • Erin Fox, Senior Director, Drug Information and Support Services, University of Utah Health
  • Randy Gerwitz, Pharmacy Director, Erie County Medical Center
  • Dan Kistner, Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Solutions, Vizient

“Access to affordable drugs is one of the most critical challenges facing health care today,” says Kistner. “For the last few years, drug shortages have plagued hospitals and providers. In addition, recent headlines have been dominated by stories of drug price spikes. At Vizient, we believe it is a natural extension of our company’s purpose to lead and participate in discussions like this–and then work collaboratively to find innovative solutions.”

Vizient is the nation’s largest health care performance improvement company serving a diverse membership that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health care delivery networks and non-acute health care providers.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient’s diverse membership base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, including Sg2, which was acquired in 2016. In 2017, Vizient again received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient’s headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit www.vizientinc.com as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.

Contact:

Vizient, Inc.
Angie Boliver, 972-830-7961
angie.boliver@vizientinc.com

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