Abstract

The total costs to all payers, i.e., a societal perspective, of four rabies post-exposure regimens were evaluated in two dog bite centres and four local health centres in India. Results showed that the Thai Red Cross intra-dermal regimen (TRC-ID), which uses only one-fifth of the IM dose of purified vero cell vaccine (PVRV) was at most 20% more expensive than use of Purified Chick Embryo Cell (PCEC) vaccine at one-tenth of the IM dose: this cost difference needs to be balanced with the small margin of safety of low potency doses. In local health centres where the staffs are not specially trained in rabies vaccination, the Zagreb intra-muscular regimen is an economical option.

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