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Gaceta Sanitaria

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Abstract

VAZQUEZ-MOURELLE, Raquel; DURAN PARRONDO, Carmen; LOPEZ-PARDO PARDO, Estrella  and  CARRACEDO-MARTINEZ, Eduardo. Efficiency of a pharmaceutical care program for long-acting parenteral antipsychotics in the health area of Santiago de Compostela. Gac Sanit [online]. 2016, vol.30, n.1, pp.73-76. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2015.09.006.

In the healthcare area of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), the therapeutic subgroup "other antipsychotics" represented the fifth largest outpatient expenditure in 2013. More than half of this expenditure corresponded to long-acting parenteral forms of paliperidone and risperidone. Over a 12-month period, the implementation of a pharmaceutical care program based on process management and coordination of actions between health professionals in both levels of care represented savings of € 636,391.01 for the organization and a direct saving of € 16,767.36 and 9,008 trips to the pharmacy for patients. This study shows the efficiency of the program, which was facilitated by its situation in an area of integrated management and the use the unified medical records and electronic prescription, elements that will enable the future implementation of similar programmes. The new registries and healthcare interventions will allow reliable evaluation of their effectiveness in terms of treatment adherence, relapses and hospitalisations.

Keywords : Risperidone; Antipsychotic Agents; paliperidone palmitate; Regional Medical Programmes; Health Care Delivery; Integrated.

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