It has previously been shown that albumin costs in a Veterans Administration Hospital constituted a large portion of the pharmacy drug budget and that much albumin was prescribed inappropriately. Therefore, a program of education and use monitoring was instituted to improve understanding and prescribing of this product. Inappropriate use declined from 41% to 26% of total albumin units and, more dramatically, total cost of albumin used had decreased by 90% one year after this program was initiated. Projected yearly savings from decreased use was more than $85,000. These results demonstrate that such a program can promote more appropriate use of albumin and effect a cost savings for hospitals.
Alexander MR, Alexander B, Mustion AL, Spector R, Wright CB. Therapeutic Use of Albumin: 2. JAMA. 1982;247(6):831–833. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320310079043
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