Health Minister says notification on price reduction of essential drugs will be published soon

Health Minister says notification on price reduction of essential drugs will be published soon

Health Minister says notification on price reduction of essential drugs will be published soon

Written by Keshala Dias

18 Oct, 2016 | 8:50 pm

Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne announced, the gazette notification on the price reduction of 48 essential drugs as per the “Senaka Bibile Policy”, will be published on Friday, October 21.

Dr. Rajitha said, they have decided to reduce the prices of 48 selected medical drugs.

“There 100 drugs that are commonly used and the most used drug is called “Atorva” and it will be reduced to 11 rupees and 15 cents from its current price of 21 rupees and 16 cents, a reduction of 10 rupees and 45 cents”, he added.

He went on to note, 24 of the 100 drugs which are used to treat cancer will also have a price change and in that case 31 million dollars can be saved.

Dr. Rajitha also noted, they have spoken to 27 pharmaceutical companies and have also obtained cabinet approval to produce these drugs.

“We are prepared to produce 75% of the drugs that are currently being imported”, he said.

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