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Cost Awareness and Containment : OPD Pharmaceutical Services of a Speciality Hospital

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Author(s): Hem Chandra, A.K. Naik

Journal: JK Science : Journal of Medical Education & Research
ISSN 0972-1177

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 56;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: Cost awareness | Cost containment | Formulary | Antibiotic policy

ABSTRACT
A major share of the hospital budget gets consumed in maintaining its pharmacy services. The costconsumption pattern of different group of medicines is directly related to the prescription load andprescription pattern. The Medical Officers and specialists of the hospital have got all important rolein rational prescription in term of current therapeutics and saving on over prescription. A studycarried out in a tertiary level super-speciality hospital indicated that the total cost of medicine perOPD day and cost of antibiotics work out to be Rs. 45291 and Rs. 11974 on an average, respectively.The average cost per prescription of OPD was up to Rs. 123.75.
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