DVIDS – News – USAMMC-K Recognized As “All-Star” For Continuing Efforts To Reduce Drug Costs


CAMP CARROLL, South Korea – The US Army Medical Equipment Center Korea has been twice recently featured as the Defense Logistics Agency-Troop Support “Brand to Generic All-Star”, recognizing the efforts center to reduce drug costs through generic options.

The USAMMC-K earned this honor in the June and October editions of the DLA-Troop Support Pharmacy Operations Center newsletter, which has included this functionality since September 2014.

Captain Benjamin Lee, who is a theater pharmacy consultant for the Korean Peninsula assigned to USAMMC-K, said the recognition is a nod to USAMMC-K’s continued improvements in the program area. brand to generic, or B2G.

The centre’s pharmacy operations staff have achieved more than 98% compliance in recent months, exceeding the 90% benchmark set by the Defense Health Agency.

“We continue to improve our process measures to ensure that we are both good stewards of taxpayer dollars and DHA compliant on the Korean Peninsula,” Lee said.

The center has managed to significantly improve its compliance rate in recent years, from around 70% to over 96% over a three-year period. In June and October 2021, USAMMC-K achieved marks of 98.1% and 99.5%.

The USAMMC-K, a unit reporting directly to the Army Medical Logistics Command, is the Theater Principal Officer for Medical Equipment (TLAMM) in support of United States Forces Korea (USFK). Across the peninsula, USAMMC-K provides ongoing medical logistical support to maintain USFK operational readiness throughout the full spectrum of military operations.

The USAMMC-K B2G program requires the pharmacy consultant and purchasing agents to improve compliance analysis before purchasing drugs from suppliers – a change from the previous practice of passive monitoring of measurements. Now available generics are considered before deciding on branded products, helping common customers meet the DHA target of 90% compliance on brand-to-generic and domestic supplier contracts.

Lee attributed the continuous improvement to B2G efforts to the USAMMC-K team sharing the center’s catalog weekly with Military Treatment Facilities, or MTFs, that order drugs from USAMMC-K.

Lee said the USAMMC-K Class VIII medical device catalog is constantly updated to comply with B2G and national contract standards.

The initiative also includes an educational component, in which Lee informs MTFs of the availability of generic drugs that cost considerably less than their branded counterparts.

Lee credited Lt (N) Cmdr. William Agbo as a “great resource” in efforts to improve compliance and reporting.

Agbo, a pharmacist at DLA-Troop Support’s Customer Pharmacy Operations Center, ensures that the B2G metric report is used as a guide to each site’s performance.

Agbo also ensures that B2G exceptions, such as when branded products are cheaper than generics, are implemented in the B2G report to improve the data collection and reporting process.

“The B2G initiative has been very successful because DLA-Troop Support’s client pharmacy operations center constantly engages with Department of Defense clients, such as USAMMC-K, to ensure that the report B2G that we publish is tactically actionable and serves as a guide to meeting compliance. standards, ”Agbo said.

Date taken: 12.03.2021
Date posted: 03/12/2021 10:32
Story ID: 410399

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