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Consumption of intravenous immunoglobulins in Clinical Hospital Center Osijek 2006-2010
  1. S. Stiblik-Stipesevic,
  2. D. Vukovic
  1. 1Clinical Hospital Osijek, Pharmacy, Osijek, Croatia

Abstract

Background Retrospective analysis of the use of intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) in our hospital. On the National Drug List The authors find immunoglobulins 0.5 g/10 ml, 2.5 g/50 ml and 5 g/100 ml. Prices were constant during the period 2006-2010, 240 kn/g and 459.6 kn/g.

Purpose To determine the costs of IVIG and the largest consumers (clinics/wards) over a four-year period in the hospital.

Materials and methods Retrospective analysis of data obtained by computer program. Financial costs are given in kunas (1kn=7.5€), and consumption of IVIG in grams.

Results The costs of IVIG were: 257062.09 kn in 2006, 455430.52 kn in 2007, 476072.30 in 2008, 702350.48 in 2009 and 763276.67 in 2010. Total consumption of IVIG in 2006 was 1257 g, 2097g in 2007, 1979.5 g in 2008, 2729 g in 2009 and 3018 in 2010. The largest consumers were Anaesthesiology: 75 g in 2006, 150 g in 2007 and 2.5 g in 2009 and 2010; Immunology: 210 g in 2006, 240 g in 2007, 480 g in 2008, 550 g in 2009 and 580 g in 2010; Haematology: 32.5 g in 2006, 476.5 g in 2007, 131 g in 2008, 130 g in 2009 and 20 g in 2010; Haemodialysis – 2.5 g in 2006, 5.0 g in 2007 and 2008 and 100 g in 2009; Paediatrics: 377 g in 2006, 289 g in 2007, 804.5 g in 2008, 1110.5 g in 2009, 1861 g in 2010; Neurology – 450 g in 2006, 840 g in 2007, 400 g in 2008, 781 g in 2009, 575 g in 2010.

Conclusions In the given period costs for IVIG increased by 270%, while consumption went up by 240%. The largest consumers were the Paediatrics Clinic, Allergology and Immunology, followed by the Neurology Clinic, whose consumption oscillated. The Anaesthesiology and Haematology wards consumed decreasing amounts of IVIG.

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