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Title: Cost of dry eye treatment in an Asian clinic setting
Authors: Waduthantri, S.
Yong, S.S.
Tan, C.H.
Shen, L.
Lee, M.X.
Nagarajan, S.
Hla, M.H.
Tong, L. 
Issue Date: 11-Jun-2012
Citation: Waduthantri, S., Yong, S.S., Tan, C.H., Shen, L., Lee, M.X., Nagarajan, S., Hla, M.H., Tong, L. (2012-06-11). Cost of dry eye treatment in an Asian clinic setting. PLoS ONE 7 (6) : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Objectives: To estimate the cost and patterns of expenditure of dry eye treatment. Methodology: We retrieved data on the type and cost of dry eye treatment in Singapore National Eye Centre from pharmacy and clinic inventory databases over a 2 year period (2008-2009) retrospectively. According to the type of treatment, data were sorted into 7 groups; meibomien gland disease (MGD) treatment, preservative free lubricant eye drops, preserved lubricant eye drops, lubricant ointments and gels, cyclosporine eye drops, oral supplements and non-pharmacological treatments/procedures. Each recorded entry was considered as one patient episode (PE). Comparisons in each group between two years were carried out using Pearson Chi-Square test. Significance level was set at alpha = 0.05. Results: Cost data from 54,052 patients were available for analysis. Total number of recorded PEs was 132,758. Total annual expenditure on dry eye treatment for year 2008 and 2009 were US$1,509,372.20 and US$1,520,797.80 respectively. Total expenditure per PE in year 2008 and 2009 were US$22.11 and US$23.59 respectively. From 2008 to 2009, there was a 0.8% increase in total annual expenditure and 6.69% increase in expenditure per PE. Pharmacological treatment attributes to 99.2% of the total expenditure with lubricants accounting for 79.3% of the total pharmacological treatment expenditure. Total number of units purchased in preservative free lubricants, cyclosporine eye drops and MGD therapy have increased significantly (p
Source Title: PLoS ONE
ISSN: 19326203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037711
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