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Sujay Patil*, Richa Bhardwaj and Merlyn Gomes


Macrolides contain macrocylic lactone ring and used in various infectious diseases. Macrolides inhibit protein synthesis and have excellent tissue penetration properties. Pharmaco-economic studies are important as the prescriptions by doctors usually contain brand names and less of generic names. Five macrolides were selected – Azithromycin, Clarithromycin, Erythromycin, Roxithromycin & Spiramycin which are available in Indian market. The cost of all these Macrolides was collected from Current Index of Medical Specialties (CIMS). In our study, we evident that many drugs have wide cost range especially those drugs that are available in market under various brand names but also similar aspect found with lesser brand names. Both had significant price difference. Cost effective therapies should be emphasized for the benefit of patients by the Pharma companies and by the Government.

Keywords: Macrolides, pharmaco-economic, price, generic, brand.

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