New International Drug Price Indicator Guide Now Available

New International Drug Price Indicator Guide Now Available

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2012 edition of the International Drug Price Indicator Guide (the Guide). MSH has published the Guide since 1986 and updates it annually.

The Guide provides a spectrum of prices from 23 sources, including pharmaceutical suppliers, international development organizations, and government agencies. The 2012 edition includes prices for about 1,100 products, including nearly 50 new items. The therapeutic classes with the most new entries this year are anti-infective medicines, cytotoxics, and diagnostics.

Supply officers and managers can use the Guide to determine the probable cost of pharmaceutical products for their programs, compare current prices paid to prices available on the international market, assess the potential financial impact of changes to a medicines list, and help support rational medicine use education.

The web version contains data from the 1996 edition to the 2012 edition. We encourage you to review the Guide and explore special online features for creating custom lists of medicines, comparing prices, and planning a medicines budget.

Julie E. Frye is a senior technical advisor at MSH’s Center for Pharmaceutical Management.