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The cost of the drugs has gone up in the recent years, increasing the cost of total therapy for any disease. The average cost of short course chemotherapy for tuberculosis is Rs.887.80, while the cost of the intermittent regimen is almost half as much. The most economical regimens are 2S3 H3 R3 Z3/4H3 R3 and 2HRZ/4H3 R3. Reserve drug regimens are found to be very costly with cost of Rs.16,289.50 for a minimum period of six months. The cost of pneumonia therapy depends on the antibiotic chosen and the severity of the infection. The average maintenance cost for bronchial asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is Rs.450 and Rs.481 per month respectively; while the acute attack of bronchial asthma and COPD will cost around Rs.1800 for five days of therapy.