An-Najah National University

Publications of Waleed M. Sweileh,

Research Interests: 1.Clinical Renal Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2.Evidence Based Pharmacotherapy 3.Pharmacoepidemiology

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  • 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.

    E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

    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.

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