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Transpl Infect Dis. 2016 Aug;18(4):634-6. doi: 10.1111/tid.12551. Epub 2016 Jul 5.

Aerosolized ribavirin: the most expensive drug for pneumonia.

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1
Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control, and Employee Health, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
2
Division of Pharmacy, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
3
Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA.
4
School of Pharmacy, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
5
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, USA.
6
School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.

Abstract

Dramatic, overnight cost increases of important orphan and generic medications have recently come under public and government scrutiny. We highlight the case of aerosolized ribavirin, an important antiviral agent in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation which, because of substantial price increases, may now cost more than the transplant procedure itself.

KEYWORDS:

average wholesale price; cost; hematologic malignancy; hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; pediatrics; respiratory syncytial virus

PMID:
27214684
DOI:
10.1111/tid.12551
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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