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Cheaper Treatment: Up to 90% discount on cancer drugs

Called AMRIT, it will be run in association with the public sector HLL Lifecare; the pilot was launched by Union Health Minister J P Nadda Sunday

Published: November 16, 2015 1:08 am
cancer, cancer medicine, cancer treatment, cancer treatment india, cancer treatment cost india, india cancer treatment, j p nadda, india news Union Health Minister J P Nadda during a visit to the construction site of Mother and Child/OPD Block at AIIMS in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

A pilot project launched at AIIMS Delhi will sell anti-cancer drugs, cardiac stents etc at a fraction of the market rates. Called AMRIT, it will be run in association with the public sector HLL Lifecare; the pilot was launched by Union Health Minister J P Nadda Sunday.

The drugs range

“Under the AMRIT (Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment) programme, we want to give medicines at an affordable cost. We have identified 202 drugs of cancer and cardio-vascular diseases where the price is going to be reduced on an average by 60 to 90 per cent,” Nadda said. “In the same way, 148 cardiac implants will be given from the centre and sold here and their cost will be reduced by 50 to 60 per cent.”

HLL chairman and managing director Dr M Ayyappan said, “To begin with, HLL will dispense 195 oncology drugs, 186 cardiovascular drugs and 148 cardiac implants through AMRIT pharmacy. Initially, the pharmacy will retail cancer drugs. By this month-end, it will commence the dispensing of cardiovascular drugs and implants in line with the cancer drugs.”

The discount range

AIIMS officials cited the examples of Docetaxel 120mg, an injection used in the chemotherapy cycle, and Caboplatin 450mg.

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    Arvind Chaturvedi
    Jan 27, 2016 at 4:05 pm
    1. K
      Nov 16, 2015 at 9:45 am
      Once cancer afflicts an individual even the rich cannot afford its treatment, so make all cancer drugs free as determined by the doctors. In fact, remove taxes on all drugs. Dont feed on the suffering!
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        Narendra M
        Nov 16, 2015 at 9:06 am
        It is an established fact that consumption of tobacco and alcoholic drinks in various forms is one major cause of cancer. My suggestion is that a major portion of cost of treatment of all cancer patients in our country should be recovered from all manufacturers of cigarettes, gutka, bidis and foreign or country liquors, etc., in the form of a special cancer prevention cess which can be a part of central excise on all tobacco products. Unfortunately the government (that is, politicians in power and bureaucrats) have so far refused to accept that it is obligation of these manufacturers to bear cost of treatment of cancer patients. It is time we citizens demand levy of special cess as suggested earlier.
        1. O
          Nov 16, 2015 at 6:18 am
          This is an awesome news apart from the fact that India does not recognize Patents(Which eventually increase the drug cost) unlike USA..