This review addresses hidden costs associated with the Bayer VERSANT® assay, Roche AMPLICOR MONITOR® test and COBAS AMPLICOR MONITOR® test and how these influence the final per reportable cost to a testing laboratory in resource-rich and -poor countries. An in-depth evaluation and recommendation of the most cost-effective approach for these tests is presented. The analyses demonstrate the need for manufacturers to consider labor and supply costs when marketing a kit in resource-poor countries, noting that marketing strategies need to change. In the absence of any proven monitoring alternative, emphasis is placed on increasing market share to promote significant reduction in kit prices to suit the demands of markets in resource-poor countries. Finally, recommendations are made to improve the overall cost structure of viral load testing. This review is intended as a tool to optimize assay usage in attaining the lowest performance costs by assay and is not to endorse any test, as will become apparent.
|頁（從 - 到）||383-407|
|期刊||Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research|
|出版狀態||已發佈 - 8月 1 2003|
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