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Antifungal agents use in a French administrative region

Abstract : Background The increased use of new costly antifungal agents has led to a considerable increase in pharmaceutical expenditure. In December 2011, the Lorraine Regional Health Agency commissioned the Antibiolor network to evaluate costly antifungal agent stewardship using as reference regional, French, and international recommendations. Methods We performed a regional retrospective multicenter study. The criteria for evaluation were the appropriateness of the indication for treatment, the choice of the agent or of a combination, compliance with dose and treatment duration, and the absence of any alternative. Results One hundred and fourteen prescriptions were analyzed, in 7 intensive care units, 4 hematology units, and 1 infectious diseases unit. The indication for costly antifungal treatment was appropriate in 110 cases (96.5%), the choice of the antifungal agent in 102 cases (93%), the dose in 98 cases (89%), treatment duration in 102 cases (93%), and an alternative antifungal treatment was possible in 10 cases (9%). Eighty-two prescriptions (74.5%) complied with the marketing authorization, 19 (17%) were related to a protocol for temporary use, and 9 (8%) were considered as inappropriate. Conclusion Our results show a high rate of appropriate prescriptions. The easily accessible and regularly updated local recommendations probably resulted in the standardization and optimization of costly antifungal agent prescriptions.
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M. Abdel Fattah, B. Demoré, A. Girardeau, S. Heit, T. May, et al.. Antifungal agents use in a French administrative region. Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses, Elsevier Masson, 2015, 45 (7), pp.279 - 285. ⟨10.1016/j.medmal.2015.04.010⟩. ⟨hal-01491793⟩



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