About   LOCOST
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LOCOST (Low Cost Standard Therapeutics) makes essential medicines for those working with urban and rural poor in India.
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LOCOST is a response to the difficulty faced by those working in remote areas to access good quality medicines at affordable prices.
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LOCOST is an innovative experiment to show that good quality medicines can be made and marketed at viable, low prices.
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The correct use of medicines and education of end-users and prescribes are major concerns of LOCOST.
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LOCOST is a public, non-profit charitable trust, registered in Baroda, India.
 
 Meeting the Needs
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LOCOST, founded in 1983, has been serving the poor by making only rational, essential, quality drugs   at the lowest possible prices.
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LOCOST makes more than 60 essential medicines in 80 formulations (liquids, capsules, tablets).
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LOCOST by virtue of having its own factory has tried to demystify production in a small way.
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LOCOST realizes that mere production of essential medicines is not enough. Irrational prescription starts with the prescriber. Therefore it is necessary to educate the prescriber as well as the user.
 
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LOCOST's education cell focuses on issues related to education and training for rational use of medicines.
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LOCOST brings out a Gujarati monthly, Apnu Swasthya, for the general public. It also brings out other publications for the general public, the latest being the Gujarati version of the famous classic, Where there is No Doctor; and A Lay Person's Guide to Medicine, a guide on the use and political economy of medicines.
 
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LOCOST is also active in pharmaceutical policy advocacy at regional and national levels. Our partnership, as respondents, in an ongoing case in the Supreme Court has resulted in the elimination    of several categories of harmful and irrational drugs.
 
 Our Strengths
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Generic, essential drugs  
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Quality consciousness
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No bribes, no underhand dealings
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No shortcuts in production
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Social accountability
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Education and advocacy of rational therapy and a people-oriented drug policy.