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December 15, 1993

The Cost of Marinol (Dronabinol)

JAMA. 1993;270(23):2810. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510230048031

To the Editor.  —I would like to bring to your attention an error in the recent article entitled "The Lifetime Cost of Treating a Person With HIV" by Hellinger.1On page 478, in Table 4, "Drugs Approved After January 2,1992, to Treat Persons With the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)," the cost of Marinol (dronabinol) is listed as $183 per week and the dosage at 25 mg per day. Both the weekly cost and daily dosage as stated are incorrect. The correct dosage for treatment of anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is one 2.5-mg Marinol capsule twice a day, before lunch and the evening meal. A bottle of 60 Marinol capsules, 2.5 mg each, has an average wholesale price to retail pharmacies of $179.40. Therefore, the average wholesale price to retail pharmacies for 1 week of therapy (14 capsules or 35 mg) is