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R unning a lean and mean surgical facility is more important than ever during COVID-19, so why should you buy premixed and prela- beled syringes from a compounding pharmacy when they're more expen- sive than the medications you draw- up and label in-house? Because put- ting too much of an emphasis on the going rates of your commonly used medications could cost you more down the road. Before writing off prefilled syringes, consider what you're actually getting for the price. You might find out it makes perfect sense (and cents) to go the ready- made route. Beyond convenience The use of prefilled syringes isn't an all-or-nothing proposition. For some drugs — such as medications that cost less than $10 per dose in stan- dard vials and twice that amount in prefilled syringes — you might be willing to pay extra for the conven- ience of not having to dilute and label the medications before admin- istering them. That calculus changes for medications that normally cost $200. Paying twice that amount to receive the agents in prefilled syringes might not be worth it. "My advice for purchasing prefilled syringes is advice that applies to anything — you can't take a blanket approach," says Merlin Wehling, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist and the director of anesthesia at Kearney (Neb.) Regional Medical Center. "You need to make a data-driven case for spending more." He suggests gathering the exact dollar amounts you spend on commonly used drugs to determine the direct costs of preparing and administering medications while also considering a variety of fac- tors that could lead to soft savings: 5 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 2 0 The True Price of Prefilled Syringes Focusing too heavily on the upfront costs of premixed medications can come back to hurt you in surprising ways. Jared Bilski | Managing Editor VALUE ADDED There are benefits to investing in prefilled syringes when you factor in indirect savings and increased patient safety.

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