TABLE 2

Cost Savings in Patients Delabeled as Penicillin Allergic

Total Prescriptions FilledMedian Price per PrescriptionAverage Nonpenicillin CostReal Antibiotic CostCosta SavingsCostb Avoidance
Amoxicillin = penicillin (preferred drug)24$10.00$70.00$240.00$1368.13$1812.00
Azithromycin13$66.00$858.00
Cefdinir6$85.50$513.00
Amoxicillin and clavulanic acid2$106.00$212.00
Cefadroxil1$29.10$29.10
Total46$3220.23$1852.10$1368.13$1812.00
  • —, not applicable.

  • a Total expected antibiotic course cost minus the real antibiotic course cost.

  • b Cost savings avoided by assuming that patients who filled the 24 amoxicillin and/or penicillin prescriptions would have filled cefdinir in its place.