The prices of drugs are also determined at the national level. The factors to consider in determining price include:
• Purchase price,
• Shipping cost,
• Clearing and custom charges,
• Transportation charges,
• Markup to cover administrative and other costs.
In determining the price, a factor is also included to take care of inflation so that the revenue generated will not be eroded with time. This is important for the sustainability of the drug fund.
It is also important not to price drugs at the health centre below the national determined price. At the local level, the health committee may add another markup to cover local expenses.