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Table 4 Unit costs of INR monitoring and drugs

From: Cost-effectiveness analysis of dabigatran and anticoagulation monitoring strategies of vitamin K antagonist

Unit costs Cost (€ 2012)
Daily cost acenocumarol 0.13 €
Daily cost dabigatran 3.03 €
Hour of specialist time 59.9 €
Hour of nursing time 15.8 €
Hour of family physician time 26.7 €
Venipuncture (syringe, tube,.,) 0.5 €
Reactive strip Coaguchek 2.7 €
Coagulometer (Coaguchek)a 588.5 €
Thromboembolism: first year 6556 €
Thromboembolism: successive years 4470 €
Severe bleeding: first year 3135 €
Severe bleeding: successive years 0 €
Cost per hour patient/companion 17.3 €
Cost per km. of travel 0.51 €
  1. aAssuming offsetting of 5 years for each device; assuming the use of one PC for each 10 patients monitored in the case of primary care and hospitals
  2. Source: website of Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad (http://www.msssi.gob.es/estadEstudios/estadisticas/cmbd/informes/home.htm) and Oblikue Consulting eSalud health database (http://www.oblikue.com/bddcostes/)