Optimization Strategy to Minimize Wastage of Palivizumab during the 2008 RSV Season in São Paulo, Brazil

Optimization Strategy to Minimize Wastage of Palivizumab during the 2008 RSV Season in São Paulo, Brazil

Author Weckx, Lily Yin Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Alves Fernandes, Marcia Monteiro Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Melo Pereira Monteiro, Ana Isabel Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Souza, Alessandra Ramos Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Moraes-Pinto, Maria Isabel de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Palivizumab is currently recommended to high-risk children as a prophylaxis for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. However, it is still very expensive for developing countries like Brazil. Herein, we describe our strategy to minimize wastage of Palivizumab during the 2008 RSV season. Appointments were fixed for 304 children on 2 days of the week, so that a mean of 19.9 children received Palivizumab per day. That allowed remaining volumes of Palivizumab vials to be pooled and used for other children on the same day within the 6 h period after opening a vial. That strategy saved 26.3% of vials, which represents USD749 143.75.
Keywords Palivizumab
prophylaxis
respiratory syncytial virus
Language English
Date 2009-10-01
Published in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics. Oxford: Oxford Univ Press, v. 55, n. 5, p. 341-342, 2009.
ISSN 0142-6338 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Oxford Univ Press
Extent 341-342
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmp003
Access rights Closed access
Type Letter
Web of Science ID WOS:000271577900015
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/31871

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