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SETTING THE PRICE OF ESSENTIAL DRUGS: NECESSITY AND AFFORDABILITY

Authors
Journal
The Lancet
0140-6736
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
334
Issue
8659
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(89)90549-7

Abstract

Abstract A method has been developed for fine tuning the selection of drugs to improve cost recovery, to promote appropriate drug use, and to make more drugs more affordable. This scheme is based on a classification of drug necessity (vital, essential, non-essential) and on the relative cost of complete courses of treatment so that expensive drugs can be subsidised by marking up inexpensive ones.

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