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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 89-92

Pricing and components analysis of some key essential pediatric medicine in Odisha state

1 Department of Pharmacology, VIMSAR, Burla, Sambalpur, Odisha, India
2 Department of Pharmacology, SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Odisha, India

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Satyajit Samal
Department of Pharmacology, VIMSAR, Burla, Sambalpur, Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0253-7613.201021

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Objective: Study highlighting prices, i.e., the patients actually pay at ground level is important for interventions such as alternate procurement schemes or to expedite regulatory assessment of essential medicines for children. The present study was undertaken to study pricing and component analysis of few key essential medicines in Odisha state. Methodology: Six child-specific medicines of different formulations were selected based on use in different disease condition and having widest pricing variation. Data were collected, entered, and analyzed in the price components data collection form of the World Health Organization-Health Action International (WHO-HAI) 2007 Workbook version 5 - Part II provided as part of the WHO/HAI methodology. The analysis includes the cumulative percent markup, total cumulative percent markup, and percent contribution of individual components to the final medicine price in both public and private sector of Odisha state. Results: Add-on costs such as taxes, wholesale, and retail markups contribute substantially to the final price of medicines in private sector, particularly for branded-generic products. The largest contributor to add-on costs is at the level of retailer shop. Conclusion: Policy should be framed to achieve a greater transparency and uniformity of the pricing of medicines at different health sectors of Odisha.


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