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GST impact: Medicines for Cancer & Diabetes, to get cheaper.

Ahead of the GST rollout on July 1, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) on Tuesday announced provisional ceiling prices of 761 medicines which includes a list of antibiotics and drugs for treating cancer, HIV, diabetes. "To facilitate smooth implementation of GST for companies, we have worked out the provisional ceiling prices of 761 formulations," said NPPA chairman Bhupendra Singh.

NPPA has asked pharmaceutical firms to go through the list and inform it by June 29 if any correction has to be made. However, the drug price regulator said, the prices will be notified after GST comes into effect. The actual price change after the rollout of the new indirect tax regime is expected to be in the range of 2-3 per cent, depending on the states, NPPA said. Ceiling price of various anti-cancer drugs like Bortezomib, Docetaxel and Gemcitabine have been reduced in the provisional list.

The cap for Bortezomib has been fixed at Rs 11,160.08 per pack, down from Rs 11,636.60. The ceiling price for a pack of Docetaxel has been fixed at Rs 10,326.94 from Rs 10,767.88 at present.

Similarly, Gemcitabine price will come down to Rs 4,813.94 per pack from Rs 5,019.49. Also, breast cancer treatment medicine Trastuzumab injection pack has been fixed at Rs 54,582.25 after July 1, down from Rs 56,912.83 earlier.

Ceiling price of HIV combination drug of Tenofovir (300mg), Lamivudine (300mg) and Efavirenz (600mg) has been fixed at Rs 89.69 per tablet, down from Rs 93.52 per tablet earlier.

The price of a tablet of HIV treatment drug Darunavir has been fixed at Rs 151.4, down from Rs 157.93. Cost of one tablet of Lamivudine and Zidovudine combination has been reduced to Rs 18.20 from Rs 18.98 currently. Ceiling price of Eplilespy drug Levetiracetam has also been reduced. Price of single tablet of diabetes drug Metformin has come down to Rs 3.31.

Mammography Facts

For every 1,000 women who have a screening mammogram:

  • 200 are recalled to get more mammography or ultrasound images
  • 40 are recommended for a needle biopsy
  • 10 are diagnosed with breast cancer
  • What Is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is a specific type of breast exam used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. This quick medical exam uses a noninvasive X-ray targeted to each breast, producing pictures that your doctor can use to identify and treat any abnormal areas, possibly indicating the presence of cancer.

Why Are Mammograms Important?

Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conservation. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.

To learn more about how to prepare for a mammogram, what to expect during the exam, how to obtain your results, as well as the benefits, risks, and limitations,

visit www.radiologyinfo.org.

Hello, I am Amritpal Kaur from Bhogpur Jalandhar. World Cancer Care did a cancer screening camp at my village on 25th May 2015, and they did many cancer tests for us free of cost, and also made us aware of cancer through talks, videos, and leaflets. The charity’s Doctor recommend that I undergo a mammogram test and so I had the screening on-site at the camp. After few days, they called me and recommended another test called FNAC at Gururam Das Cancer Hospital. The FNAC test confirmed that I had Breast Cancer. Now my treatment is ongoing at Gururam Das Cancer Hospital and although the hospital is far away from my home-town, World Cancer Care helped me get Government financial Aid for travel, so it’s good for me. I never had to pay anything for my treatment - God Bless you, World Cancer Care team for your excellent support to ladies like me.

My name is Manjit Kaur and I am 60 years old. The name of my village is Bhoro Majara District Hoshiapur, where World Cancer Care did a camp with the support of our Village NRIs. They carried out various cancer tests free of cost for us; the date of my camp was 20th May 2016. During this camp, I had a check-up from a female Doctor and she recommended a Mammogram screening which was done on the mobile screening unit. After the Mammogram, I was recommended to have a FNAC test at hospital which confirmed breast cancer in my left breast. Now I am under treatment at Oswal Hospital and have had one operation and chemotherapy already. Now I feel better. I belong to good family, so we never prefer Government Help and we have no Cancer history in our Family. I thank the World Cancer Care team who saved my life. All of my village appreciate the World Cancer Care Team’s work.

Hello, I am Jarnail Singh from village Talewal District Barnala; our area is prone to cancer and is called the Malwa Cancer belt. In February 2016, World Cancer Care did a camp at my village Talewal Barnala, and at this time I discussed my prostate problem with Doctors and they recommend me a PSA test on the spot at their mobile unit. I gave a blood sample and after 10 days I got my test report which stated that I have 100 plus PSA level which is bad. Shortly after that, I got phone call from World Cancer Care team who recommended a biopsy which I did at Sandhu Cancer hospital and this biopsy confirmed my Cancer. Shortly after I had an operation at the same Hospital and now my chemotherapy is going on too. I feel better now, and thank World Cancer Care and our village NRI Kuldeep Singh Talewal from Canada who did a camp at my village. I am lucky because I am safe now and this is possible because my cancer was detected early with the help of World Cancer Care.

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