- Wednesday, February 4, 2004
- Antibiotic Drug Cost Variations in Palestine: Physicians and Patients Dilemma
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Antibiotic Drug Cost Variations in Palestine: Physicians and Patients
Waleed Sweileh, Nidal Jaradat, Abeer Mustafa
College of Pharmacy, An-Najah University, Nablus, Palestine.
Received: (15/6/2003), Accepted: (9/12/2004)
The objective of this study was to compare and analyze drug price variations
among various oral antibiotics marketed in Palestine. Price of various antibiotics were
obtained from up-to-date price lists available at the pharmaceutical companies and
drug agents. Price range, price ratio and price difference percentage were calculated.
A price range as wide as (3 – 26 new Israeli shekels (NIS)) for ciprofloxacin with a
price difference percentage of 767% was seen. In all of the cases the price difference
was in favor of locally produced companies. This short communication emphasizes the
wide variations in antibiotic prices in Palestine and that physicians need to pay more
attention for such variations.