Top Ten Most Affordable Drugs for Diabetes

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What is the most affordable oral drug for diabetes? We compiled the price data on locally available oral drugs for diabetes and sorted the list based on the cost of the drug per day's use. The result is in the table below followed by an explanation on the parts of the table:

Top Ten Most Affordable Drugs for Diabetes

Centile Rank Brand Name Generic Name Stock Dose (mg) Initial Dose (mg) Initial Freq. Unit Price Cost per day
0 Benmide Glibenclamide 5 5 1 0.75 0.75
1 Ritemed Metformin 500 500 1 3.09 3.09
2 Gludin Metformin 500 500 1 3.20 3.20
3 Neoform Metformin 500 500 1 3.35 3.35
4 Diamet 500 Metformin 500 500 1 3.50 3.50
4 Pioglon Pioglitazone 15 15 1 3.50 3.50
6 Pharex Metformin 500 500 1 3.75 3.75
7 Azukon MR Gliclazide 30 30 1 3.95 3.95
9 Euglodin Glibenclamide 5 5 1 4.00 4.00
9 Glazide Gliclazide 80 80 1 4.00 4.00
  • Brand name refers to the trade name of the drug in the Philippines.
  • Generic name refers to the name of the active ingredient. Medicines with the same generic names have similar pharmacologic effects.
  • Initial dose refers to the usual amount given when the drug is initially prescribed.
  • Initial freq refers to the number of times the drug is taken each day, when it is initially prescribed.
  • Unit Price refers to the manufacturer's price per tablet, in Philippine Peso.
  • Cost per day refers to the total cost of taking the drug daily in Philippine Peso, considering the stock dose, initial dose and initial frequency.

Compiled by healthypinoy.com staff from MIMS 2013 136th ed. and The Generics Pharmacy Pricelist Oct. 2012.
Last updated July 31, 2013.