The patient community asked the Ministry of Health to increase the period of providing free medicines to patients with cardiovascular diseases from the current two to three to five years.
The All-Russian Patients’ Union (VSP) proposed to the Ministry of Health to increase the period of providing free medicines to patients who have suffered heart attacks, strokes and heart surgery from two to three to five years. The initiative is contained in the “road map” based on the results of the II All-Russian Forum “Cardiovascular Diseases and Life Expectancy”, sent to the head of the Ministry of Health Mikhail MurashkoVedomosti writes.
The document states that the greatest risks for patients persist for five years after acute events, so stopping medications after two years leads to “ineffective spending of budgetary funds, since the target result of prevention is not achieved.”
VSP also proposes to extend the federal project “Combating Cardiovascular Diseases” until 2029 and include new categories of patients in the program: with chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, dyslipidemia and familial hypercholesterolemia. The union believes that they need to provide free medicines for life – this will require an additional 10 billion rubles.
In addition, the VSP sees the need to expand the list of drugs issued, develop a methodology for its formation and introduce the practice of mandatory review. Drugs included in the list must demonstrate an evidence base confirming clinical effectiveness and safety, as well as the degree of impact on the target indicators of the state program “Health Development”.