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Table 2 Comparisons of volume and expenditures between CPTM and conventional medicines with similar effects

From: Characteristics of prescriptions and costs for acute upper respiratory tract infections in Chinese outpatient pediatric patients: a nationwide cross-sectional study

  Major Category Subcategory Frequency of prescription Median drug expenditure per visit (USD)
1 Chinese traditional patent medicines Chinese heat-clearing formula 340,945 $5.79
Antipyretic-analgesics drugs Analgesic-antipyretic drugs 49,716 $5.26
2 Chinese traditional patent medicines Chinese cough-suppressing panting-calming formula 158,845 $4.66
Respiratory system drugs Antitussives 49,848 $3.50
3 Chinese traditional patent medicines Chinese nasal congestion relieving formula 149,133 $9.86
Specialist drugs Otorhinolaryngology drugs 17,419 $7.29
4 Chinese traditional patent medicines Chinese expectorant formula 84,742 $3.88
Respiratory system drugs Expectorants 107,254 $3.66
5 Chinese traditional patent medicines Chinese traditional digestive formula 9160 $6.80
Digestive system drugs Stomachic and digestion aid medicine 10,826 $5.59