Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 187–192 | Cite as

Economic study of neutropenia induced by myelotoxic chemotherapy

  • M. C. Montero
  • M. L. Valdivia
  • E. Carvajal
  • A. Montaño
  • C. Buenestado
  • A. Lluch
  • M. Atienza


This article describes the economic and social impact of nutropenia induced by myelotoxic chemotherapy in patients with cancer during the period 1 January–31 December 1991. Neutropenia is a life-threatening complication of chemotherapy in patients with cancer. The episodes of (ever and infections originating from neutropenia require hospitalization of the patient until the granulocyte levels are restored. The calculation of the economic cost was based on the following parameters: length of stay in hospital, analytical tests performed on the patient, type and cost of drug therapy administered, blood transfusions performed, health assistance received, cost of isolation and absence from work. The overall economic cost of neutropenia in patients with cancer reached 329,775 pesetas ($2,893). Cost of the health-care staff was the largest budget item in relation to the total health resources estimated.


Antineoplastic agents Cost and cost analysis Diagnostic lests Drug therapy Health manpower Neutropenia Radiotherapy 


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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. C. Montero
    • 1
  • M. L. Valdivia
    • 1
  • E. Carvajal
    • 1
  • A. Montaño
    • 1
  • C. Buenestado
    • 1
  • A. Lluch
    • 1
  • M. Atienza
    • 1
  1. 1.Servicio de FarmaciaHospital Universilario “Virgen del Rocío”3-SevillaSpain

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