Estimation of financial burden due to oversupply of medications for chronic diseases

Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn, Thanarungroj, Aekdisak, Cheewasithirungrueng, Nonglak, Srisupha-Olarn, Warunee, Nimpitakpong, Piyarat, Dilokthornsakul, Piyameth and Jeanpeerapong, Napawan (2012) Estimation of financial burden due to oversupply of medications for chronic diseases. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 24 3: 487-494. doi:10.1177/1010539510385221


Author Chaiyakunapruk, Nathorn
Thanarungroj, Aekdisak
Cheewasithirungrueng, Nonglak
Srisupha-Olarn, Warunee
Nimpitakpong, Piyarat
Dilokthornsakul, Piyameth
Jeanpeerapong, Napawan
Title Estimation of financial burden due to oversupply of medications for chronic diseases
Journal name Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1010-5395
1941-2479
Publication date 2012-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1010539510385221
Volume 24
Issue 3
Start page 487
End page 494
Total pages 8
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
2700 Medicine
Formatted abstract
Given the potential of financial burden due to oversupply of medications for chronic diseases, this study aims to determine the prevalence of oversupply and to estimate the magnitude of financial loss in Thailand. Electronic patient database in a university-affiliated hospital in Thailand was used. Based on the utilization of top 5 high drug expenditure in 2005, the prevalence and the financial loss of oversupply (medication possession ratio [MPR] >1.00) were estimated. In total, 1893 patients were included in this study. The average age was 65.2 years and the majority were female (56%). The prevalence of oversupply ranged from 23.2% to 62.8%, whereas the annual financial loss ranged from US $4108 to US $10 517. The total amount of loss was US $32 903 or 3.77% of total medication costs. In summary, because of the high prevalence and associated high financial loss, oversupply of medication is a significant financial burden on hospitals and society.
Keyword Financial burden
Oversupply
Chronic disease
Medication possession ratio
Prevalence
Thailand
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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