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Health minister to register two foreign cancer treatment vaccines

6 June 2018 09:30 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said he was in the process of registering two new foreign cancer treatment vaccines with National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) despite the controversial Taxacad also known as ‘Hearticad’ cancer treatment vaccine which is already available in Sri Lanka.

The Russian vaccine ‘Hearticad’ which was brought down by the minister was rejected by the Sri Lanka College of Oncologists (SLCO) in the first quarter of last year fearing of complications as it was not commonly used around the globe.

It was also learned that ‘Hearticad’ was a newly introduced vaccine when it imported to the country first.

Minister Senaratne said the decision was taken after concerning that no complications were caused to cancer patients after using the Russian made ‘Hearticad’ vaccine.

The minister revealed this following an observation visit at the Matale District Hospital.

The Minister said that earlier the ministry had to bear a cost of around Rs 280,000 for one vaccine however he was able to import it for Rs 144,000 from Russia.

Minister said he had taken measures to import the said vaccine for Rs 84,000 now.

He explained that no complications had occurred to cancer patients by the Russian product, therefore, he had applied for registration of two more vaccines. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 6

  • Liberal One Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:31 PM

    Imported by a company in which he has shares. Here is another anti corruption champion of Sri Lanka.

    Good for nothing Wednesday, 06 June 2018 03:17 PM

    Whatever good someone does , there will always be people complaining. At least see the benefit this would have on the wrong. A greater good has been done

    Liberal One Wednesday, 06 June 2018 06:55 PM

    @Good for nothing. Talk to a doctor if you have any friends/relatives. This is common knowledge in the medical field and these vaccines are sub standard.

    lkboy Wednesday, 06 June 2018 02:23 PM

    Is this fellow a expert in vaccines?

    Ceylon Wednesday, 06 June 2018 03:13 PM

    As srilankan culture of jealously and hatred people never appreciate anything good doing by any institutions do the appreciations did by rajitha.his immeadiate approval for stroke and heart vaccine last year saved thousands from death so far.well done rajitha.

    lanka Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:00 PM

    This dentist is a health hazard. Check the commission he has got from importing unlicensed drugs.

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