Effects of an Automated Drug Dispensing System on Medication Adverse Event Occurrences and Cost Containment at SAMSO

Dib, Jean G.; Abdulmohsin, Saud A.; Farooki, Masood U.; Mohammed, Khurram; Iqbal, Mohammed; Khan, Ahmed
December 2006
Hospital Pharmacy;Dec2006, Vol. 41 Issue 12, p1180
Academic Journal
Purpose: To evaluate the impact of an automated drug dispensing system (ADDS) on cost containment and medication adverse event (MAE) occur fences at Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization (SAMSO). Method: An ADDS replaced the traditional unit-dose cassette-exchange and open floor-stock medication systems at SAMSO in early 2005 on five nursing units. Data collection for MAE occurrences and pharmacy medication supply to these units were performed pre- and postimplementation of the ADDS. Results: Reported MAEs decreased by approximately 27%. The overall medication issuance decreased by an average of 43%, corresponding to overall medication cost reduction by an average of 42%. Conclusion: Implementation of an ADDS improved the efficiency of drug distribution, assisted in cost containment, and decreased the total number of MAEs.


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