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Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 245–246 | Cite as

Pharmacoeconomic research

  • Maarten J. Postma
Article

Abstract

Efficacy and safety are crucial considerations in judging drugs, for example, whether or not to include them in a local formulary. More and more, pharmacoeconomic aspects are becoming of additional importance. How should we interpret such pharmacoeconomic studies? To enhance accurate interpretation of such studies among our readership, we present the basic concepts of pharmacoeconomics in this commentary.

This Commentary was previously published in Dutch as part of a paper by M.J. Postma, W.J.M.J. Rutten, C.S. de Vries (Pharmaceutisch Weekblad 2001; 41: 1542–5)

cost–benefit analysis cost–effectiveness analysis cost–utility analysis pharmacoeconomics 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maarten J. Postma
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  1. 1.Department of Social Pharmacy, Pharmacoepidemiology and PharmacotherapyGroningen University Institute for Drug Exploration/University of Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy (GUIDE/GRIP)GroningenThe Netherlands

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