Price control mechanism for meds to be announced next month

Zahratulhayat Mat Arif

IPOH: The price control mechanism for medicines is expected to be announced next month, Deputy Health Minister, Dr Lee Boon Chye said.

Lee said the discussion between the ministry and Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs had started last month so that the ever-increasing price of medicines could be controlled.

“As medicines are not price-controlled, the price keeps increasing between 10 to 20 per cent every year and this is a huge burden for the people. The discussion is still ongoing and the announcement will be made next month.

“We hope we can also find ways to bring in imported medicines through a proper measure so that the cost on the pharmaceutical services will not drastically increase,” he said after opening second International Conference of Pharmacy and Health Science at Casuarina@Meru Hotel here today. The conference was organised by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Health Science of University Kuala Lumpur (UniKL).

The three-day conference which started today amalgamated experts from various disciplines to discuss issues ranging from pharmacy, medical imaging, physiotherapy, to general health policies.

On a separate note, Lee also urged all the Malaysian Games (Sukma) athletes to keep themselves healthy. He also said the ministry is ready to assist them should they have any issues with their health.

“Yesterday, it was reported that 12 female athletes from Sabah were hospitalised due to suspected respiratory tract infection. We want other athletes and the public to take care of themselves when in a crowd. We want to ensure that the disease will not spread to others,” he added.

It was reported yesterday that a 16-year-old athlete experienced fever symptoms on Sept 2 and also swollen on both sides of the neck the next day. Following the incident, another 11 athletes from the same futsal team were suspected of having mild respiratory tract infection and were isolated to monitor their health status. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd