Price on 29 medicines reduced and 14 new generic medicines introduced
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Price reductions on 29 medicines and the introduction of new 14 generic medicines and 23 medicinal products of pharmacotherapeutic importance, have been announced.
Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Rights, Public Cleansing and Support for the Capital City Deo Debattista said that these include medicines to prevent the formation of blood clots, medicines indicated in erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis, neuropathic pain and anti-inflammatories.
He explained that patients can save up to €50 on the price of pregabalin prescribed in neuropathic pain which has been reduced by 67%. Other price reductions include 45% on eye drops for glaucoma, 30% on medicines for erectile dysfunction and 10% on antithrombotic medicines.
Simultaneously, 14 generic medicines are now accessible on the local market with a competitive price.
Parliamentary Secretary Debattista said that the medicine containing emtricitabine and tenofovir indicated for pre-exposure prophylaxis to reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV infection is now available at a price of €95 for 30 tablets. Patients may benefit from discounts of up to 82% when compared to the originator.
He said that the same applies to the antibiotic fosfomycin where patients can save up to a maximum of 50%.
The Parliamentary Secretary explained that all these medicines are registered with the Malta Medicines Authority ensuring the quality, safety and efficacy standards in line with the European legislation.
“Despite the challenges imposed by Brexit, accessibility to medicines has been improved by the introduction of 23 new medicinal products of pharmacotherapeutic importance,” he said.
These include 13 point-of-care tests and new liquid formulations of the medicines fluoxetine and aripiprazole which are now accessible to patients who find difficulty in swallowing.
The full list of price reductions is available for download by clicking here.
Photograph: DOI/Pierre Sammut