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Table 4 Affordability of 10 treatment regimens based on lowest government wage

From: Evaluating medicine prices, availability and affordability in Bangladesh using World Health Organisation and Health Action International methodology

Condition Drug   Treatment parameters Median unit cost (BDT) Total treatment cost Days wages to purchase treatmenta
    Duration (days) Units per treatment Private Retail Private Clinics Private Retail Private Clinics Private Retail Private Clinics
Asthma Salbutamol inhaler LPG as needed 200 0.98 0.98 195 195 0.71 0.71
   Originator    1.15 1.15 230 230 0.84 0.84
Diabetes Metformin LPG 30 90 4.00 4.00 360 360 1.31 1.31
Hypertension Bisoprolol LPG 30 60 10.00 10.00 600 600 2.18 2.18
Hypertension Captopril LPG 30 60 n.a. 2.85 n.a. 171 n.a. 0.62
Hyper-cholesterolaemia Atorvastatin LPG 30 30 10.00 10.00 300 300 1.09 1.09
Depression Amitriptyline LPG 30 90 1.75 1.75 158 158 0.57 0.57
Adult respiratory infection Ciprofloxacin LPG 7 14 15.00 15.00 210 210 0.76 0.76
Paediatric respiratory infection Co-trimoxazole suspension LPG 7 70 0.33 0.35 23 25 0.08 0.09
Adult respiratory infection Amoxicillin LPG 7 21 6.70 6.63 141 139 0.51 0.51
Adult respiratory infection Ceftriaxone injection LPG 7 1 190.00 190.00 190 190 0.69 0.69
Anxiety Diazepam LPG 7 7 0.69 0.69 5 5 0.02 0.02
Arthritis Diclofenac LPG 30 60 0.88 1.36 53 81 0.19 0.30
   Originator    8.50 8.50 510 510 1.85 1.85
Pain/inflammation Paracetamol suspension LPG 3 45 0.33 0.33 15 15 0.05 0.05
Ulcer Omeprazole LPG 30 30 5.00 5.00 150 150 0.55 0.55
  1. Source: Authors’ Data
  2. Note: n.a. = not applicable, denotes medicines with fewer than four price observations in the sector. LPG = Lowest Price Generic, Originator = Originator Brand (four or more price observations were only available for Salbutamol inhaler and Diclofenac). a Based on average daily wage of Tk 275