Comparison of costs linked to the preparation and administration of fluorouracil as a continuous infusion based on three techniques
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The approach in treatment in medical oncology and particularly in the management of solid tumours has to integrate — at least — two targets: the enhancement of therapeutic efficacy, and the respect of global budget assigned to health. Different teams are implicated in such an approach and especially physicians and pharmacists. We decided to conduct a comparative study of three techniques of administering drugs as a continous infusion. We analysed time and materials required for the preparation in the centralized preparation unit, and for dispensing and nursing in the health units. The use of programmable pumps (CADD-1) leads to overall saving costs of 27 to 40% compared to administration by means of an infusion bag or a motor-drive syringe.
KeywordsCost and cost analysis Drug compounding Equipment and supplies Fluorouracil Infusions, parenteral
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