Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)



First Advisor

David P. Lipson

First Committee Member

Michael Mergener

Second Committee Member

James W. Blankenship

Third Committee Member

Robert Gehres


The primary purpose of this study is to analyze the formulary status of cephalosporins among a representative sample of hospitals in the United States. In addition, the research design attempts to determine the ranking of cephalsoporins in terms of acceptance to the hospitals' formulary and actual stocking of the cephaosoporin products. The study will attempt to ascertain the reasons for these rankings and the influence of DRG implementation, teaching status and hospital bed size on number of cephalosporins on formulary and in stock. This may yield insight into the strategies that hospitals are currently using to contain a significant proportion of their budget for pharmaceutical products





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