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17 Anticancer Drugs Included in Health Insurance since Tomorrow
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The city’s cancer monitoring data shows that in 2017, Taizhou City has 24,556 new cases of cancer, equals to 67 new cancer patients every day, and the incidence rate of cancer patients is high. Many people can’t afford the extremely high price of anticancer drugs and cancer therapies. The price of anticancer drug has become an important issue concerning people’s livelihood.

On October, our reporter learned from the Municipal Human Resource and Social Security Bureau that since November 1, 17 anticancer drugs, e.g. Azacitidine, will be included in category B of the “List of Drugs under Health Insurance, Employment Injury Insurance and Maternity Insurance in Zhejiang Province”.

These 17 anticancer drugs include 12 drugs for solid tumor and 5 drugs for hematological malignancies. All of them are indispensable for clinical treatment, have definite effects and are in urgent needs. These drugs can treat several cancers, e.g. NSCLC, kidney cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, melanoma and lymphoma. The price of these 17 drugs is 56.7% lower than the average retailing price before negotiation. The price of most imported drugs is lower than the price in neighboring countries or regions, 36% lower on average.

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