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COST VARIATION STUDY OF VARIOUS ARTEMISININ FORMULATIONS AVAILABLE IN INDIAN MARKET

*Dr. Patel Brijal S and Dr. Chavda Falguni M.

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Introduction: Artemisinin based therapy is nowadays drug of choice for complicated as well as uncomplicated P.falciparum malaria. In the Indian market various artemisinin group of drugs are available in different formulations. This creates a lot of problem with physician to decide the drug of choice for individual patients. Objective: To evaluate price variation of different Artemisinin formulations available in Indian market. Materials and Methods: Cost of a particular drug in the same strength and dosage forms being manufactured by different companies was obtained from “Current Index of Medical Specialties” (CIMS) Jan-Apr, 2015 and “Indian Drug Review” (IDR) Issue 1,2015. Difference between the maximum and minimum cost of the same drug manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies was calculated and percentage cost variation was calculated. Results: Arteether injection(150mg/2ml) showed maximum price variation of 1001.32% while Artesunate inj.(50 mg) showed least variation in price. Percentage variation in cost was found to be 400% with Artesunate 50mg tab while minimum price variation was found with Syrup Artemether 20mg, Lumefantrine 120mg/5ml(60 ml ). Conclusion: Our findings revealed that the prices of various Artemisinin derivatives shows great variation. Some measures must be taken by the government to bring about the uniformity in the price.

Keywords: Artemisinins, Falciparum Malaria, Cost variation.


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