Use of therapeutic drug monitoring in pharmacoeconomics

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The use of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) for drugs with a narrow therapeutic range has contributed substantially to the literature. The pharmacoeconomics of this service for hospitalized patients has demonstrated significant hospital savings. Appropriate use of this pharmacy-based service has demonstrated savings, reduction in total length of hospitalization, and cost avoidance with aminoglycoside-induced nephrotoxicity. Use of a Clinical Pharmacokinetic Service (CPS) for inpatient theophylline therapy and outpatient anticonvulsant therapy documents the pharmacoeconomic benefits provided by this service to both in- and outpatients. This report will discuss current literature with regard to pharmacoeconomics and cost-benefit analysis of TDM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-610
Number of pages3
JournalTherapeutic Drug Monitoring
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1993


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Toxicology

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