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December 12, 1990

Doctors With Gilt Complex Calculate Golden Means

JAMA. 1990;264(22):2870. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450220032020

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To the Editor.—  Reflecting on the price of several newer antimicrobial agents in our sample cabinet, a jest was made that the place looked like Fort Knox. As we made actual comparisons, we found that several drugs were at least as precious as gold.We obtained current selling prices from four pharmacies in the Greater Kansas City (Kansas) area for 12 antimicrobial agents. The mean price per tablet and per ounce were calculated (Table). We calculated the number of days of therapy needed to equal the price of an ounce of gold. The mean price was compared with the price of gold ($370.65 per ounce on August 2, 1990). Ratios of the price per ounce of each medication to the price per ounce of gold were calculated. These results show that several common oral antimicrobial agents are, on the basis of weight, more precious than gold.