Posted on 05.28.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
People’s Movement for Free Health Service says that the number of drugs are 131 subjected to price increases though it was said only sixty drugs were increased in price.
People’s Movement for Free Health Service called the media conference to disclose facts on behalf of people due to recent price increases. Initially from a government gazette notification prices of 60 drugs said to be increased by 20% but in the market, there are as many as 131 prescription drugs have increased in price. Price increase affected number of important commonly used drugs including nine antibiotics. Prices of drugs relating to heart conditions, Diabetes and eight medicines required by high blood pressure patients also among the increases.
Especially the chronic illnesses like Diabetes, heart related conditions and high blood pressure required long-term medical supplies. These conditions are normally prevalent in older patients who are already retired from services and in low- income segment of the society. Normally these people left with only a small amount of money for living after spending on their medical requirements.
Those who spend Rs.1000 now have to spend Rs.1200 and for Rs.2000 now have to spend Rs.2400. Therefore, Health ministry decision to increase drug prices affected from basic drugs required by infants to Paracetamol, which have increased in prices.
Hence, as Peoples’ Movement for Free Health Service we condemn the action to increase prices by the Health ministry and demand the government to consider their decision to revise prices of important drugs.
Contrast to what actually happens in recent past health minister paste posters across the country promoting reduction of medicinal drugs.