Utilization of IV Antimicrobials Over a One-Year Period in Physician Office Infusion Centers
November 28, 2012
SAN DIEGO, CA (October 19, 2012) – A multi-center retrospective review of 11,616 patients receiving intravenous antimicrobials (IVAM) was conducted to determine utilization of IVAM in POICs and efficient device utilization. In the 65 participating POICs, patients received 15,256 multiple therapy regimens consisting of 15,499 drugs from January 1 to December 31, 2011. Of these therapies, 15,198 (98%) were antibiotics, 76 (<1%) were antivirals, and 225 (1%) were antifungals. The most prevalent diagnosis was skin and skin structure infections (27%) followed by osteomyelitis (16%). Patients were treated for over 50 diagnoses, and the primary device utilized to administer IVAM was an elastomeric device available for patients to take home. Secondarily, infusions were provided in the office by infusion or ambulatory pumps. A wide variety of IVAM, including high-risk agents, can be utilized in POICs for a broad range of diagnoses. The use of elastomeric devices was found to be the most significant factor in utilization, allowing for patient freedom and ease of use.
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Lucinda J. Van Anglen, PharmD