Panel to review cost of expensive medicines

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Saudi Gazette report


Riyadh — The Saudi Health Council approved the establishment of a national committee under its supervision to study the issue of high cost of some medicines used in the treatment of Hepatitis C, hereditary and blood diseases and cancer.

The committee will also study the manifold increase in the prices of the latest medicines.

It recommended that scientific studies should be conducted locally to prove the efficacy of these medicines and encourage local manufacturing of medicines.

These decisions were taken at the Council’s 79th meeting held under the chairmanship of Minister of Health Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

The Saudi Health Council also approved the establishment of a national center for evidence-based medicine (EBM).

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is an approach to medical practice intended to optimize decision-making by emphasizing the use of evidence from well-designed and well-conducted research.

The approval to establish the national center for EBM is in implementation of the 11 strategic bases for healthcare in the Kingdom.

This includes authorizing the Saudi Health Council to prepare the executive and the operational plans for the establishment of the national center for evidence-based health practice.

The meeting recommended the application of the regulations for national health centers issued as per the Saudi Health Council’s decision for the national center for evidence-based medicine.

The Saudi Health Council also issued directives to study the establishment of a specialized national center for the treatment of burn injuries in Riyadh.

The meeting approved the strategic plan for the protection of public health.

The Saudi Health Council discussed a draft proposal to develop a strategy for volunteerism in the health sector.

The project to promote volunteerism will encourage all health practitioners to provide free health services that will meet society’s health requirements.

The Council approved the recommendation of the committee supervising the national program for kidney diseases on the necessity to unify measurement units for lab analyses for renal patients in all health sectors to Si unit which is being used all over the world.

The Council stressed that all health sectors must admit cases of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) brought in by Saudi Red Crescent Authority.

STEMI is a very serious type of heart attack during which one of the heart’s major arteries (one of the arteries that supplies oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the heart muscle) is blocked.



Source  :  Saudi Gazette

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