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Table 1 Operations costs for XDR-TB diagnostic tests by study site (in US $ unless otherwise noted)a

From: Cost analysis of rapid diagnostics for drug-resistant tuberculosis

  MGIT (culture and DST) LPA (plus and sl) MODS PSQ
  Moldova India South Africa Moldova India South Africa Moldova India South Africa Moldova India South Africa
Materials in $ 126 274 187 372 525 338 114 42 161 296 353 325
Personnel (in Hours) 8.7 5.7 4.0 12.2 17.0 16.0 6.0 5.5 5.5 11.3 8.5 12.0
Personnel cost $/batch 23 11 41 33 47 165 18 20 57 30 28 124
Total cost$/ batch 149 285 228 405 572 503 132 62 218 326 381 449
# samples/batch 8 8 5 12 12 5 4 6 5 11 12 9
Cost/sample in $ 18.56 35.65 45.61 33.73 47.69 100.50 32.88 10.35 43.56 29.64 31.76 49.90
  1. aActual costs were tracked once sites had developed test proficiency (performing a test for at least 3 months)
  2. DST Drug susceptibility testing, LPA Line-probe assay, MGIT Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube, MODS Microscopic-observation drug-susceptibility assay, PSQ Pyrosequencing, US United States, XDR-TB Extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis