2022 Stronger - PH415 - Reducing Sugammadex Usage: Optimization of Use Criteria and Outcomes Evaluation - On Demand

Sugammadex sales reached $1.5 billion globally in 2021,1 with Vizient reporting it is “ranked no. 3 in total member spend in the category of acute care drugs for which greater than 95% of sales occur in the acute care class of trade.”2 This project focused on the assessment of value and outcomes of sugammadex in comparison with neostigmine/glycopyrrolate for the reversal of neuromuscular blockade. The primary endpoint of this project was to develop evidence-based use criteria, while the secondary endpoint was to realize a 90% reduction in the use of sugammadex systemwide while prioritizing no impact to patient outcomes. The results of newly added use criteria demonstrate an 86% reduction in the use of sugammadex with no appreciable impact on measured outcomes.

Target Audience

  • Pharmacists
  • Other Healthcare Professionals

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how to create evidence-based use criteria to effectively manage high-cost medications.
  • Explain how to leverage internal data collection and analysis to allow evaluation of patient outcomes associated with the formulary management process.

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Course summary
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  • 0.50 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 0.50 General CE - Attendance
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Gerald Rebo, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, D-PLA, Director, Pharmacy Value and Outcomes, Novant Health, Winston-Salem, NC



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Pharmacists (CPE)

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Other Healthcare Professionals (General CE Credit)

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Available Credit

  • 0.50 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 0.50 General CE - Attendance
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