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ASSESSING THE COST OF QUINOLONES PRESENT IN THE INDIAN MARKET

K. V. Ramanath*, S. Meghashree, Govindaraju M., Ranjitha R., Naresh D., Rudra Pratap Singh

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Background: Quinolones antibiotics are effective against grampositive and gram-negative bacteria and are very widely used to treat many bacterial infections like upper respiratory tract infection, urinary tract infection, eye infection, skin infection, etc. Hence this study was carried out to know the types of quinolones used in the community practices/setups and their price variation. Method: The patient's prescribed/prescription containing quinolone drugs in community pharmacies was collected. The price of all generations of quinolones between private pharmacies and Jan-Aushadhi medical stores by visiting the pharmacies. The cost variation and the percentage of the price variation calculated and an even top brand in the Indian market. Results: Among 50 prescriptions observed, only that twenty prescriptions had quinolones considered in our study. Rest did not take due to other antibiotic-containing medicines in our research. There were six males and 14 females who visited community pharmacies diagnosed with different infections. Innovator drugs, which are on the top list, are costly for patients to purchase for their treatment. Quinolones cost of community pharmacies were compare with Jan Aushadhi medical stores. Jan Aushadi quinolones were cheaper than private community pharmacies. Conclusion: The study showed that JanAushadi quinolone's cost was cheaper and could treat various infections. Hence physicians can encourage them to put their practice into generic drug usage, which is affordable. The cost of the therapy reduction will also be helpful to improve the Quality of life.

Keywords: CP: Community pharmacy, QOL: Quality of life, CIMS: Current index of medical specialties.


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