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J Clin Anesth. 1994 Sep-Oct;6(5):383-7.

Economic considerations in the use of neuromuscular blocking drugs.

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Pharmacy Department, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 02114.


The acceptance of new and increasingly expensive technologies is a major component of the rising costs of health care. While the practice of anesthesia has been relatively immune from the effects of cost containment, it is inevitable that practitioners will have to justify costly practices. Available pharmacoeconomic methods can be applied to the use of all anesthetic drugs, particularly neuromuscular blocking drugs. Cost-effectiveness analysis allows the practicing anesthesiologist to prioritize the use of neuromuscular blocking drugs to maximize their benefit while reducing unnecessary costs.

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