Published on:June 2018
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine, 2018; 4(2):102-106
    Research Article | doi:10.5530/jppcm.2018.2.23

    Cost Avoidance of Drug Information Services at the Mental Hospital in Saudi Arabia

    Authors and affiliation (s):

    Yousef Ahmed Alomi1,* Nora Alsulami2, Nada Al Qahtani3, Mohamed Mashouf Al Qahtani4, Fahad Abdallah Almansor5

    1The Past General Manager of General Administration of Pharmaceutical Care and Head, National Clinical pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy R and D Administration, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, KSA.

    2Head, Pharmaceutical Care Administration, Al-Amal Medical Complex, Riyadh, KSA.

    3Head, Drug Information Center, Pharmaceutical Care Administration, Al-Amal Medical Complex, Riyadh, KSA.

    4Executive Director, Al-Amal Medical Complex, Riyadh, KSA.

    5Medical Director, Al-Amal Medical Complex, Riyadh, KSA.


    Objective: To explore the cost-efficiency of drug information services at the mental hospital in Saudi Arabia. Methods: It simulation of cost efficiency of drug information center for four years and a half at a mental hospital in Saudi Arabia. It estimated cost avoidance of running drug information services. Drug information services started from answering inquiries from healthcare providers including a physician, pharmacist, and nurses. The estimated cost of using international Study Model. The value considered were the expected results of drugrelated problems sequel to drug information inquiries; if not existing drug information services and were not answered; starting from Physician visit, additional laboratory test, further treatment, hospital admission, Critical care admission to death stage. The cost estimated for each step. All value used in USA solar currency. Results: The total of drug information inquiries answered with cost avoidance reported was (1084). The total estimated cost avoidance of answered drug information inquiries was (167,623.50) USD with average cost avoidance was (154.63) USD per each inquiry. The most type inquiries estimated cost avoidance was drug dosing (117,316.50) USD followed by the drug of choice (17,960.00) USD and drug interaction (14,024.50) USD. The most estimated cost avoidance by a used references assistant to answer the question and prevent drug-related problem was website (118,683.50) USD, followed by Lexi comp-drug information (100,064.50) USD and prescribing guidelines in psychiatry (18,642.00) USD. The most cost avoidance related to drug information caller was physician (135,787.50) USD, pharmacist (28,624.50) USD and patients (2,342.50) USD. Conclusion: The drug information services are saving a high cost per year despite limited resources. The drug information services with different type need to expand to all departments at a Mental hospital in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia.

    Key words: Cost avoidance, Drug information, Mental hospital, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia.

    Download Article >>



    Cite this article as