Comparative analysis of the prices of essential medicines among Bulgaria and Macedonia

Angelovska, Bistra and Bukilica, M and Todorov, Todor and Petrova, Guenka (2005) Comparative analysis of the prices of essential medicines among Bulgaria and Macedonia. Фармация том LII кн. 1-2 / 2005, 2 (1-2). pp. 200-204. ISSN 0428-0296

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The prices of medicines differ because of many reasons as the sector that is purchasing medicines, distribution channel, patent status, trade mark and methodology of pricing. The current study aims at comparing the manufactoring, wholesale and retail prices of 30 30 INN essential medicines in Bulgaria and Macedonia as well their affordability to the population. There are presented the results for amoxicillin and glibenclamid. The collection, verification and data analysis are following the new WHO approach for medicines prices comparison. For the 30 INN included in the WHO list are collected data for registered trade marks in both countries, and their prices are collected. The randomized sample of 4 regions in both countries were created at whole - sale and retail prices are observed for the selected INN. It is compared the prices of generic and branded products for each segment - manufactoring, wholesale and retail. The affordability of the population to the medicines necessary for the treatment of diabetes II and bronchopneumonia is calculated comparing the cost of monthly treatment and minimal governmental wages in both countries. The analysis of the ceiling prices calculated by the MoH in Bulgaria revealed that in order to increase affordability is necessary to negotiate prices mainly at manufactoring level. It is also necessary to consider the discounts that are provided within ceiling prices that made prices lower at consumer level and also change the price structure. The analysis show that the prices in both countries differ in significant extend but the existing price control mechanisms are effective and allow pepople affordability to important medicines.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: price control, comparative price analysis, pricing and reimbursement
Subjects: Social Sciences > Economics and business
Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Bistra Angelovska
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2013 11:40
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 12:19

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