Court orders Bucharest to provide free cancer drugs

A Romanian court on Wednesday ordered the government to provide crucial drugs to seven cancer patients, including a nine-year-old child, free of charge.

The landmark case was initiated by a group representing arguing that the state should pay for newer and more efficient therapies that have yet to be included on a list of those eligible for reimbursement.

"Today, we won a battle in the war we are fighting with the Romanian for access to newer therapies that can save lives," Cezar Irimia, president of the Alliance for Chronically Ill Patients, told AFP.

He noted that the list of reimbursable drugs has not been updated in six years, adding that around 1,000 need that they cannot afford.

"The government is denying them the right to live," Irimia said.

Neither the government nor the health ministry were available for comment after the decision, which can be appealed.

Romania's notoriously underfunded health system is beset with corruption and faces an exodus of doctors and nurses seeking better paid jobs abroad.

Romania's cancer mortality rate is 180 per 100,000 inhabitants, compared with the EU average of 166.9, Eurostat figures show.

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Suspected celebrity hacker Guccifer arrested

Jan 23, 2014

A man suspected of breaking into the email accounts of Romanian and US celebrities, including the Bush family, under the nickname "Guccifer" has been arrested in Romania with US help.

New study aims to rapidly test lung cancer drugs

Jun 16, 2014

A bold new way to test cancer drugs started Monday. Like a medical version of speed dating, doctors will sort through multiple experimental drugs and match patients to the one most likely to succeed based on each person's ...

Romania gov't will SMS travelers to warn of risks

Oct 29, 2012

(AP)—In Romania, where many people travel overseas in search of work, the government has launched a text message service to advise citizens about nations that it considers too dangerous to visit.

Recommended for you

Novartis Japan admits concealing drug side effects

4 hours ago

The Japanese unit of Swiss pharma giant Novartis has admitted it did not report more than 2,500 cases of serious side effects in patients using its leukaemia and other cancer drugs, reportedly including some fatalities.

Most US babies get their vaccines, CDC says

Aug 28, 2014

(HealthDay)—The vast majority of American babies are getting the vaccines they need to protect them from serious illnesses, federal health officials said Thursday.

Expression of privilege in vaccine refusal

Aug 27, 2014

Not all students returning to school this month will be up to date on their vaccinations. A new study conducted by Jennifer Reich, a researcher at the University of Colorado Denver, shows that the reasons why children may ...

User comments