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Govt Looks To Source Cancer Drugs At A Discount From Cos

Economic Times
04 September 2010
New Delhi, India

The government is in talks with drugmakers for sourcing medicines to treat cancer at a discount to be sold at its low–cost pharmacy chain Jan Aushadhi stores at affordable prices, a senior government official said.

Launched in 2008, about 230 unbranded generic medicines are sold at 44 Jan Aushadhi stores across state–owned hospitals and health centres at hefty discounts to branded counterparts.

"We are motivating companies that make cancer drugs to supply medicines at a minimal rate to Jan Aushadhi stores," Srikant Jena, minister of state for chemicals and fertiliser said on the sidelines of a seminar organised by industry body CII.

There are an estimated 25–lakh patients suffering from different types of cancer. Most can’t afford treatment as a month’s dosage of some of these medicines cost as much as `2–3 lakh. Mr Jena said the modalities of procurement and pricing of drugs will be decided next week.

This follows the government’s ongoing initiatives to reduce price of cancer medicines and make it affordable for local patients. Indian drugmaker Cipla is also in discussions with the department of pharmaceuticals to share the technological knowhow for making cancer drugs to state–owned companies. Besides, the government is exploring various ways to cap prices of cancer medicines.

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