SC quashes patent protection for Glivec
1 Apr 2013
- The Supreme Court in its historic judgement denied pharma giant Novartis AG's case "to preserve its patent over a life-saving cancer drug, Glivec."
- This ruling gave respite to thousands of patients in India and in developing countries as it saved them from 15-fold drug escalation costs.
- This judgement is one of the biggest problems for multinational pharmaceuticals as they have been denied patent protection
Doctors come together to attack expensive drugs
25 Apr 2013
- 100 prominent cancer doctors from around the world, including Indian specialists, grouped together to convince principal pharmaceutical companies to bring their prices down.
- Some of the experts even included researchers who had close affinity to the pharmaceutical industry.
- The specialists highlighted that cancer drugs expenditure could go upto $100,000 which was an impossible amount for patients to give and hence asked for lower prices.
No follow through by 20% cancer patients
The journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found out that 20% of those suffering from cancer do not follow their prescribed treatment regimen because of the high costs of the drugs.
New protocol to make cancer treatment affordable
2 Jun 2013
- Doctors at Tata Memorial Hospital are striving to provide alternatives for cancer treatments that could cost less than ₹1,000 a month.
- Christened the metronomic treatment protocol, the alternatives involve everyday consumption of a mixture of low-dose medication that are inexpensive because they have been there for long.
- This branch aims to provide "good quality and affordable" treatment but is still in research phase.
No sales tax for certain cancer drugs
19 Mar 2015
- Finance and planning minister Sudhir Mungantiwar announced that certain medicines which were needed for the treatment of cancer would be spared from sales tax, a step that is aimed to lower their costs.
- He said that this move would cost the exchequer ₹15 crore.
- Moreover, ₹300 crore had been alotted for Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Arogya Yojana by the government.
Online cancer portal to lower treatment costs
10 Aug 2014
- Tata Memorial Centre started an online portal that provided medical expertise to cancer patients called 'Navya'.
- Rajan Badwe, director at TMC said that "this programme not only gives them a second opinion but also saves their time and money."
- Through the 'Navya Network' the user can upload their medical history and post queries for the doctor in 3 simple steps.
Cancer stents, drugs to sell at economic prices
20 Sep 2015
- The Indian health ministry is working on making cancer medicines available at substantially lower price.
- The health ministry is aiming to "procure such drugs in bulk at a negotiated price and supply them to hospitals."
- The consumers can buy the drugs through retail systems like 'Jan Aushadhi' stores.
- The ministry said that it aimed to lower prices without cutting through the margins of companies.