MOH to propose importing generic Hepatitis C meds

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam said the number of pledged organs is high but the supply does not meet demand because of weaknesses in the current system. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 ― The Health Ministry will table a working paper to the Cabinet committee for approval to import of generic drugs to treat Hepatitis C.

In a parliamentary written reply to DAP's Klang MP Charles Santiago, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said this was due to the high price of nearly RM300,000 to treat each patient using Sofosbuvir in conjunction with other medication.

“One way to get cheaper Sofosbuvir, is to use 'hak kerajaan' (government roll), whereby the Malaysian government will be able to import generic Sofosbuvir, which is way cheaper compared to innovator Sofosbuvir, with certain conditions.

“Therefore, MOH is preparing a work paper with regards to this matter and it will be tabled for approval to the Cabinet committee,” Dr Subramaniam added.

The Segamat MP said that between 2003 and December last year, 20,023 cases of Hepatitis C were reported, while 3,393 cases were reported for 2016 alone.

“The number of Hepatitis C cases are expected to to grow in line with increased public awareness about Hepatitis C, as well as medical practitioners duty in reporting them,” he added.