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Everybody’s Talking About Gold Bagging, but What Exactly Is It?

What is gold bagging?

It stands to reason that something labeled “gold” meets a pretty high standard. Gold bagging, a new approach to delivering prescription drugs to patients, is the new hot topic in pharmacy right now.

Maybe it would be easiest to understand in terms of the three other more commonly used types of Rx delivery:

• Clear Bagging occurs when a health system’s specialty pharmacy delivers medication directly to clinicians who administer it to a patient

 White Bagging occurs when a pharmacy outside the health system ships medication directly to the hospital, clinic or provider’s office

 Brown Bagging occurs when the patient gets their own medications from their local pharmacy, later bringing the drugs to their doctor’s office or clinic to have them administered onsite


Each approach is effective, but clear bagging offers the greatest level of control since it’s managed within the health system. However, gold bagging will soon overtake clear bagging as it ensures ownership/administration by health system’s internal specialty pharmacy staff. Read more >

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