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The Essential Prostate Cancer Drug To Cost Less In New Pact

Abiraterone Acetate (Zytiga, Yonsa) - AmeriPharma Specialty Care

Patients with prostate cancer who are National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) members will now have access to a critical medicine inside their current benefits package at a discounted price as reported by the Nation newspaper.

The pharmaceutical division of the Johnson & Johnson firm; Johnson & Johnson Middle East FZ-LLC (Janssen Kenya) produces and distributes the ground-breaking prescription medication.

An innovative treatment regimen called Abiraterone Acetate will be available to those with advanced prostate cancer thanks to a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding that NHIF and Janssen Kenya signed last week.

The price of the medication will be reduced by half from Ksh 1,200,000 under the arrangement, and a patient will receive 10 packets of the medication to fit inside the Ksh 600,000 NHIF oncology package.

This is despite the fact that the government continues to struggle with health financing, particularly for non-communicable diseases; which could thwart the implementation of universal health coverage.

The majority of donors concentrate on transmissible diseases like HIV/Aids; which puts a heavy burden on patients fighting chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and hypertension.

Currently, the NHIF oncology package covers 20 sessions of radiotherapy at a cost of Ksh 3,600 per session, four sessions for second- and third-grade treatment at a cost of Ksh 150,000 each and six sessions of first-grade treatment at a cost of Ksh 25,000 each.

At the diagnosing level, biopsies and radiography including PET and CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds performed under anaesthesia are catered for.

A maximum of two brachytherapy treatments per year are allowed for patients with advanced cancer along with oral and injectable anti-cancer medications, 10 chemotherapy sessions and other treatments.

These packages are provided in a few level five and six hospitals as well as a few chosen private hospitals; mostly in cities.

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