Research Article | Volume: 3, Issue: 6, June, 2013

Economic evaluation of antibiotic prescriptions: a cost minimization analysis

L. Ramesh   

Open Access   

Published:  Jun 27, 2013

DOI: 10.7324/JAPS.2013.3627

Objective of the study was to perform a cost minimization analysis of antibiotic prescriptions in pediatric cases. This was a prospective observational study conducted in the pediatric department of a teaching hospital. A total of 209 prescriptions, of both outpatients and inpatients, containing antibiotics were analyzed. Top five of the commonly prescribed antibiotics in this study were chosen as examples to illustrate the cost difference between the branded and generic versions. This study has shown a very significant difference of prices between branded and generic drugs. The cost of branded drugs prescribed was 20% to 218% more than the generic versions.

Keyword:     Pharmacoeconomics Generic drugs Branded drugs Cos


L.Ramesh. Economic evaluation of antibiotic prescriptions: a cost minimization analysis. J App Pharm Sci, 2013; 3 (06): 160- 163.

Copyright:The Author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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