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ZAFRA FERNANDEZ, J.L.; ISLA TEJERA, B.  and  DEL PRADO LLERGO, J.R.. An automatic dispensing system medications effect in pharmaceutical expenditure and satisfaction user level. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.25, pp.250-261. ISSN 1695-6141.

Objective: To evaluate in economic terms, the effect of replacing traditional kits for the implementation of automated dispensing of medications in the Intensive Care Unit. Analyze the degree of acceptance of such changeon the part of users. Method: For the economic analysis is considered tangible direct and indirect costs resulting from the implementation: initial capital investment, cost of staff involved, the political cost of drug consumption. All these aspects were evaluated before and after implantation. The degree of user satisfaction was assessed using a standardized questionnaire. Results: After the estimation of costs, we found that the expenditure incurred on the initial investment will be quickly offset by the cost mainly referred to the politics of consumption of drugs with a reduction of 24% over the previous delivery system. The cost in personal chapter is also reduced by 11%, and the cost per stay and cost / income fell by 26% and 30% respectively over the previous system. The evaluation questionnaire revealed that users are satisfied with the implementation and 84% of nurses would recommend it to other units. Conclusions: Automated Dispensing Systems Drugs are a new technological tool to control drug spending, with good acceptance by users.

Keywords : Automatic dispensing medications; plant kit; Intensive Care Unit; pharmaceutical expenditure; consumer policy; user satisfaction.

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