A survey of physician knowledge of drug costs

Joan Hoffman, Frieda A. Barefield, Somayaji Ramamurthy

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Previous studies have indicated that physicians have inadequate knowledge of drug costs. This study was designed to determine actual pharmacy prices of 12 nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and physicians knowledge of these prices. Pharmacists (N = 67) in a large urban area were surveyed to determine the lowest retail price of commonly prescribed medications. Pain clinic and orthopedic physician (N = 95) were surveyed to determine their knowledge of prices for 12 NSAIDs. There was wide variation between pharmacies in the cost of medications. Eighty-one percent of physicians agreed that cost is an important factor to consider. Only 25% of physicians estimated at least one-half of the medications between the highest and lowest pharmacy price. The results of this study indicate that physicians need more information about prices of medications they prescribe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-435
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1995


  • Drug costs
  • anti-inflammatories, nonsteroidal
  • prescription costs
  • prescription drugs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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