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Breaking Study: ICU Medical, Inc. ChemoClave® System Costs Less to Implement than any Closed System Transfer Device for the Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs
Date:11/8/2011

Texium/Smartsite with $239,020; OnGuard with $393,978; EquaShield with $435,473; and PhaSeal with $507,287. The acquisition cost difference between the most expensive system studied (PhaSeal), and the least expensive system (ChemoCLAVE) was calculated to be $307,005, a difference of 153.3 percent. In addition, the ChemoClave system was shown to generate 1,229 pounds less waste than the PhaSeal system, second only to the Texium/SmartSite system, which generated 214 pounds less waste annually than ChemoClave but cost nearly $40,000 more per year to implement.

"As economic pressures increase, procurement decisions can no longer rely solely on clinical efficacy studies that fail to also assess cost-effectiveness. Limiting waste volume generation to the lowest practical amount is also a major objective for facilities due to its toxicity and adverse implications to the environment," the researchers concluded. "In the absence of current, reliable comparative data on commercially available CSTDs, this evaluation of costs and waste may be used to guide organizations in the implementation of a CSTD."

In a March 2011 editorial in Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice, the authors concluded that "If, in fact, the different closed systems currently available are equally effective, then the choice comes down to cost and ease of use." In addition, the editorial urged hospitals to make sure that the CSTD they choose "is capable of containing the hazardous drug throughout all handling steps from reconstitution to administration."(1) To that end, a recent study comparing all commercially available CSTDs found that ChemoCLAVE provided significant cost savings to hospitals while scoring highest in terms of ease of use, practicality, and perceived safety by a cross-functional evaluation team of pharmacists, nurses, and value analysis professionals.(2)

In addition, as the world's only 100% needlefree system, ChemoClave completely and totally eliminates the ris
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