The pharmacoeconomic impact of antimicrobial therapy for peptic ulcer disease in a large urban jail

Jonathan Shuter, David D. Fletcher, Vito J. Simone, Eran Y. Bellin

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Purpose. To determine the pharmacoeconomic impact of antimicrobial treatment of peptic ulcer disease (PUD) in a large urban jail. Patients and Methods. Retrospective comparison of PUD-related pharmacy and laboratory expenditures over a 2-year period before and after the institution of a PUD treatment protocol with the priority of Helicobacter pylori eradication for inmates in Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Results. After the protocol was adopted, total pharmacy-related and laboratory-related expenses for PUD care decreased by 40.2%, and expenditures for ranitidine declined by 52.2%. There was an increase in spending for antimicrobial agents and H. pylori antibody testing, but this was insignificant compared to the savings generated by decreased ranitidine usage. Annual savings in our facility as a result of this intervention were $123,449. Conclusions. Modern therapeutic strategies for PUD aimed at eradicating H. pylori can result in significant savings in the institutional setting; these savings are largely attributable to the decreased usage of histamine-2 receptor antagonists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)896-902
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1998


  • Cost
  • Jail
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Urban Studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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