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I am most grateful to JMA Bruno Mascrenhas for pointing out the errors of transcription on my part – but errors all the same. The Cost of Drugs for Primary Health Centres (budget estimate 2011-12) is Rs 28.14 crore ( tnbudget/demands/d1904.pdf, page 14). I have taken budget estimates for 2011-12 throughout. About free medicines for renal transplants, they are counted in the liberal 25% addition. With the correction, ceteris paribus, the total all-India revised drug estimate is Rs 8,982 crore at TNMSC prices. The basic message still stands: free medicines for all in government health facilities everywhere in India is a feasible task.

Some other errata: In Table 4 on page 46, the last column against albendazole should read 656%; and in the previous column the prices of albendazole are per tablet in the singular. This makes clear the overpricing of a vital anti-worm drug for children even at the lowest retail prices.

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