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Table 1 Drug acquisition costs for 3.5 day cycle of neuromuscular blockade using average wholesale price (AWP)

From: A Markov computer simulation model of the economics of neuromuscular blockade in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome

  Load (mg) Mg infusion rate/hr AWP vial ($) Vial size (mg) Cost/mg ($) Load cost ($) Cycle infusion cost ($) Daily cost ($) Total cost per cycle ($) Total mgs Opened vials Total cost per cycle with open vials ($)
Vecuronium 7 4 9.69 10 0.97 6.78 326 93 332 343 35 339
Cisatracurium 14 8 174.5 200 0.87 12.22 586 168 599 686 4 698
Cost difference =          $ 267    $ 359