Table 3

Cost and affordability of chemotherapy medicines needed to treat acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and Hodgkin’s lymphoma

DiseaseDuration of chemotherapy (weeks)Total medicine cost using MSG prices (INR)Total medicine cost using MSG prices (US$)Days’ wages needed to pay for treatment medicinesTotal medicine cost using maximum retail price (INR)Total medicine cost using maximum retail price (US$)Days’ wages needed to pay for treatment medicines
Standard-risk BCP ALL12027 8504428831 651502100
High-risk BCP ALL12571 428113422577 4761230244
Early stage HL1617 5002785521 36433967
Advanced stage HL2426 2504178332 046509101
  • BCP ALL, B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia; HL, Hodgkin’s lymphoma; MSG, most-sold generic.