November 26, 2014
SS Ray raises the issue of rise in prices of anti-cancer drugs | Transcript
Through you I would kindly like to get the attention of the Hon’ble Health Minister to an issue which is having a human angle, Sir. According to reports the country’s premier oncological treatment Institute – Tata Memorial Institute has reported in written to the Government and the drug price regulators seeking inclusion of twelve free cancer medicines in the National list of essential medicines.
Prices of the drugs on the list are regulated by the Government. Now Sir, there are 12 medicines which are very essential for the treatment of the cancer patient such as the brain tumour, rectal cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and as well those used in used in treatment of breast, lung, kidney and prostate cancer. Most of the medicines are used in multiple-therapies.
Now, the cost of the medicines are so high and sky-rocketing day by day, that unless the regulatory authority and the Government intervenes in the matter to checkmate the price rise or to decrease the price it will be impossible on the part of the cancer patients to go for the treatment. Therefore, my humble request to the Hon’ble Health Minister, through you Sir, that this matter should be looked into seriously.