According to the World Health Organization, the global pharmaceutical market is worth approximately $1 trillion. This number is continuing to rise as a result of technological advances and the growing world population. The problem is the vast majority of hospitals currently do not have an efficient system to compare drugs based on pharmaceutical specialties. In many cases, two different drugs or more may have the same desired effect, yet one amongst them will be cheaper for the hospital to purchase and dispense without compromising on the quality of care. The cost is an even bigger factor for developing nations.
We build an easily navigable network graph to zoom in on a family of drugs that can be compared for efficacy and cost. The three illustrative anatomical classifications I have explored are digestive and metabolic, cardiovascular, and blood and blood-forming. Within these three classifications, I further demonstrate how visual navigation can be used to narrow down on a family of drugs based on the active ingredient, posology, and price for treating a specific ailment (for instance ulcer).
The network graph is centered around the anatomic classification node (red node in the center). Branching off the anatomic classification node are the three different anatomic classifications I have chosen to illustrate. The network continues branching into an ailment and the available options from a family of drugs that can be used to treat the ailment based on the active ingredient, posology, and price.
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