Accession Number : ADA326860

Title :   The Adoption of the Pharmacoeconomic Center as a Resource by Air Force Medical Treatment Facilities.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Jones, George E., Jr

PDF Url : ADA326860

Report Date : 18 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 98

Abstract : The Department of Defense (DOD) took action to address the problem of increasing pharmaceutical expenditures by developing a TriService Pharmacoeconomic Center (PEC) in January 1993. The charge to the PEC was to develop a TriService Formulary (TSF) system to promote a consistent pharmacy benefit, educate prescribers, develop treatment guidelines, and outcome indicators. The purpose of this study was to look at adoption of the PEC as an innovative resource for use at the treatment facility level. The overall hypothesis is that Air Force facilities have, on average, adopted the PEC as an information resource and use its recommendations in their local fomulary systems. Data were collected by a survey of pharmacy directors and from prescription databases at Air Force facilities to explore this hypothesis. Pravastatin, the PEC selected HMGCoA drug of choice, is used as a surrogate to study the action taken by local facilities on a specific PEC recommendation. We received 49 (80.3%) surveys that were usable for analysis. Responses show that PEC materials are well accepted and are being used in Air Force facilities. A significant shift to pravastatin occurred during the study period. As a quasi-experimental design, a causal link is not proposed. However, the results support describing the PEC as an innovative resource that has been adopted into local formulary systems of Air Force medical treatment facilities.

Descriptors :   *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *BUDGETS, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, *PHARMACIES, DATA BASES, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FACILITIES, CONSISTENCY, RESOURCES, AIR FORCE FACILITIES, HYPOTHESES, INSTRUCTIONS, DRUGS, INDICATORS.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Pharmacology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE