Table 1

Comparative prices for corticosteroid preparations and topical immunosuppressants

PreparationDescriptionCost per 30 g*
*British National Formulary No 46. London: British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, September 2003. (£1 is approximately $1.80 or €1.40 (January 2004))
Hydrocortisone 1%Mild potency corticosteroid66p
Clobetasone butyrate 0.05%Moderate potency corticosteroid£1.94
Betamethasone valerate 0.1%Potent corticosteroid£1.54
Clobetasol propionate 0.05%Very potent corticosteroid£2.82
Tacrolimus 0.03%Immunosuppressant£19.44
Tacrolimus 0.1%Immunosuppressant£21.60
Pimecrolimus 1%Immunosuppressant£19.69