Variation in Prices of Cardiovascular Drugs in Public and Private Pharmacies in Nepal.
Shiva Raj Mishra, Nirajan Kandel, Narayan Subedi, Vishnu Khanal
Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology | Published : 2015
INTRODUCTION: Higher price of cardiovascular drugs is one of the reasons for high out-of-pocket expenditure in cardiovascular care. The objective of the study was to determine the price variation in commonly available cardiovascular drugs between public and private hospital pharmacies in Nepal. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 3 public and 3 private pharmacies in tertiary-level hospitals in Nepal. The price was recorded for the list of drugs commonly available in those pharmacies. A total of 23 drugs were selected for data collection. The price was recorded based on the payment receipt and price reported by surrogate customers. We defined the price variation as the differen..View full abstract