Year : 1999  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 100--103

Drug Treatment in Schizophrenia : Issues of Comparability and Costs


K Girish1, Pratima Murthy2, Mohan K Issac3 
1 Resident, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore-560029, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore-560029, India
3 Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore-560029, India

Correspondence Address:
Pratima Murthy
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore-560029
India

Pharmacological intervention is the commonest mode of managing patients with schizophrenia. Both clinicians and patients are concerned that antipsyohotic drugs are costly and contribute to poor drug compliance in India. This study compared the equivalent doses of antipsychotic drugs and their costs across brands. Results show that antipsychotic drugs are affordable and are comparable to drug treatment costs of other physical illnesses. However, coprescription of drugs add to the burden. Numerous brands and a 2-2Vz fold difference in cost raises many concerns including that of drug bioavailability. Hence, the authors recommend consensus and formulation of guidelines for the pharmacological management of schizophrenia.


How to cite this article:
Girish K, Murthy P, Issac MK. Drug Treatment in Schizophrenia : Issues of Comparability and Costs.Indian J Psychiatry 1999;41:100-103


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Girish K, Murthy P, Issac MK. Drug Treatment in Schizophrenia : Issues of Comparability and Costs. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 1999 [cited 2020 Sep 25 ];41:100-103
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