3.3.3. What are the costs associated with post-exposure treatment?

The total cost of delivering an average PEP course (including consumables, salaries etc.) typically ranges between $35 and 65 US in Africa and Asia as shown in these studies, but costs can be over $100 US in certain settings (see Sambo et al. here). These estimates include the cost of biologicals and of their administration (materials for injection such as syringes, needles, swabs, etc. and staff salaries), and patient costs (transport costs to and from medical facilities and loss of income).
In most cases, the most significant fraction of the total cost of providing PEP is the cost of the vaccine itself (and RIG if provided) (see Elser et al. reference here).

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PEP = Post-exposure prophylaxis
US = United States




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