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Aten Primaria. 2013 Nov;45(9):451-60. doi: 10.1016/j.aprim.2013.02.003. Epub 2013 May 3.

[Assessment of the impact of the use single-dose medications in 2 primary care centres].

[Article in Spanish]

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  • 1Unidad de Farmacia Clínica y Farmacoterapia, Departamento de Farmacia y Tecnología Farmacéutica, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, España. Electronic address: lsegu@consorci.org.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the economical impact of using medications packaged in a single dose non-reusable container (Onedose(®)), compared to prescribing preparations in the usual multidose containers.

DESIGN:

We performed a cost-minimization analysis from a prescribing center's perspective. The observational study design is retrospective and analyzes 23 products in prescriptions made between January and April 2012.

SETTING:

Two Spanish Primary Care Centers located in the province of Barcelona. The first covered an urban area with a population of 24.500 people, and the second a semi-urban area with 10.000 people.

PRIMARY OUTCOME MEASURES:

Each examined product was measured between January and April 2012 and extrapolated annually, based on the defined substitution scenarios results of total Euro savings in non-prescribed doses and price differences.

RESULTS:

The Savings related to the substitution of the prescribed packaging presentations with Onedose(®) were 45.000 Euros (24%) in the months of analysis and 133.000 Euros annually, avoiding the use of 212.000 doses (14%) in the period analyzed and 669.000 doses annually.

CONCLUSIONS:

The use of single dose non-reusable container packaging (Onedose(®)) in the analyzed health centers reduced prescription-related expenses without increasing dispensing costs, thus reducing the household stock of those medicines which are not objectively suitable to be used without a previous diagnosis.

Copyright © 2012 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS:

Dosis unitaria; Efficiency; Eficiencia; Prescripción; Prescription; Single-dose

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23643645
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