Court orders Bucharest to provide free cancer drugs

June 18, 2014

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.

Explore further: New study aims to rapidly test lung cancer drugs

Related Stories

New study aims to rapidly test lung cancer drugs

June 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 ...

Cancer drugs underprescribed in Wales compared to England

March 4, 2014

Patients suffering from cancer in England are up to seven times more likely to be prescribed expensive cancer drugs than fellow sufferers in Wales, a new study assessing the impact of the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) has revealed.

Recommended for you

Researchers identify source of opioids' side effects

January 17, 2017

A commercially available drug may help drastically reduce two side effects of opioid painkillers—a growing tolerance and a paradoxical increased sensitivity to pain—without affecting the drugs' ability to reduce pain, ...

CVS generic competitor to EpiPen, sold at a 6th the price

January 12, 2017

CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to ...

Many misuse OTC sleep aids: survey

December 29, 2016

(HealthDay)—People struggling with insomnia often turn to non-prescription sleep remedies that may be habit-forming and are only intended for short-term use, according to a new Consumer Reports survey.

The pill won't kill your sexual desire, researchers say

December 15, 2016

Taking the pill doesn't lower your sexual desire, contrary to popular belief, according to research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The authors of the research, from the University of Kentucky and Indiana University ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.