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Health Ministry uncovers cancer drugs scheme

A number of 28 cancer and leukemia medicines are being temporarily monitored to prevent pharmacy and hospital supply dysfunctions, Health Minister Eugen Nicolaescu said yesterday. “I don’t think it possible to go back to cytostatic medicines being delivered thru closed circuit pharmacies. We need to find solutions allowing the patient to have easier access to treatment, and not travel for miles to wait at hospital doors. We have ceased concurrent exports of oncological medication. Those who said that was not enough are quite right. It isn’t enough, for sure, yet this is one in a chain of measures we have in view. There are 28 oncological and leukemia transplant medicines. They could be subject to supply dysfunctions and we see these medicines at risk of being in short supply during certain periods of time, that’s why we are monitoring them,” the health minister said at the launch of the campaign “Profession: Doctor in Romania”. On Monday, Nicolaescu announced he would sign an order suspending the parallel exports on monitored oncological medicines.

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