Minister should obtain approval to import vaccines: GMOA

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Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne should obtain the approval of the Sri Lanka College of Oncologists (SLCO) before importing foreign cancer treatment vaccines, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said yesterday.

GMOA Vice President and Consultant Gynaecologic Oncologist Dr. Sarada Kannangara told Daily Mirror that oncology was a specialised area that required the approval of not only the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) but also the SLCO.

Dr. Kannangara said it was not informed that the minister had sought approval of the SLCO to introduce cancer treatment vaccines to the country.

“It is unethical if the minister wishes to import cancer treatment vaccines by depending only on the NMRA. There are no different brands to cancer treatment drugs, but only bio similarity drugs. So trials should be conducted on each product. If it is an antibiotic, then there is no harm in purchasing low-priced drugs, but complications may occur when using a bio similarity oncology drug. Therefore, it should be recommended by an expert oncology body in the country. It is vital that this committee consists of a number of oncologists to examine the new drug. We urge the minister and relevant authorities to reveal the approvals obtained to bring down new drugs,” he said.

Minister Senaratne recently said that he was in the process of registering two new foreign cancer treatment vaccines. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • pushkara Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:05 AM

    I think drugs companies are providing foreign trips. So you needs be their voice

    Shelton W Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:05 AM

    The GMOA cretins want to interfere in everything. Become a political party and contest and see how many votes you can get.

    WTF Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:16 AM

    Would you care to disclose which Legislative Act states that the Minister of Health needs to obtain the approval of a self-appointed medical association to import drugs? Likewise, would the Govt. need to obtain approval from Lanka Private Bus Owners Association to import buses?

    Liberal One Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:17 AM

    Some one in an earlier article commented that good things should be appreciated. I repeat, Rajitha should not be given anything related to health because he has been convicted for supplying sub standard medicine to the army. Now he is doing the same to suffering cancer patients.

    Abey Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:33 AM

    Approval from whom, Padeniya or MR

    JIM Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:40 AM

    GMOA must think they are a powerful bunch, the minister owns the health sector and is above the law. However the gift of a muzzle to the minister would be appreciated by we, the people.

    Unchikun Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:43 AM

    I am no medical profession but an engineer back in Sri Lanka having worked in a developed county for 25 years. From my opinion, Sri Lanka does not have the knowhow or capability to test the quality of even a "Panadol". The procedure followed in Sri Lanka is to get the vendor to provide international certification. Secondly Sri Lanka can not afford to have such laboratories What Rajitha is doing is right and a service to the people. The GMOA is just a group of mad dogs barking at anything except at "dictators".

    Ceylon Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:22 AM

    When select students for medical college,must have strict screaning system to identify are these qualified for to be dotors or not.some dictors ade evils,not suitable for medical science.doctors,nursess,attendents must be very kind.

    ET Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:37 AM

    There are cancer vaccines which are being developed worldwide, mostly injected to the affected area to strengthen the immune system fighting to eradicate the cancerous cells. What was GMOA, SLMC or Oncology Doctors doing to raise awareness and save lives. Nothing Do a search on web and find out the new developments, human testing, approvals already granted in western countries. These GMOA guys still hanamiti times.

    ET Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:38 AM

    MRs puppets.

    Nisha Thursday, 07 June 2018 10:32 AM

    the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) is only authority can give the approval. Sri Lanka does not have facilities for comprehensive investigation of any drug. Second, there are same quality drugs at different prices. GMOA is shopping for other groups.

    cc Thursday, 07 June 2018 12:28 PM

    everybody becomes medical professionals whenever a news is out regarding health. they have no clue whatsoever how these procedures done. only want to put the blame on gmoa and make themselves feel kinda heroic.

    WISE DONKEY Friday, 08 June 2018 10:53 AM

    But please don't make this an issue to go on strike. We all know how hard the GMOA is looking for issues to walk out and have a jolly good time on the street.

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