Regions need modern drugs for chemotherapy in 2020 – in accordance with new regimens and clinical recommendations. Old stocks should be updated, said the director of the National Medical Research Center of Oncology. N.N. Blokhina, chief freelance oncologist of the Russian Ministry of Health for the Northwestern, Southern, Ural, Far Eastern and Siberian districts Ivan Stilidi.
“To plan the supply of medicines for the next year and update it with drugs for modern treatment regimens, the Russian Ministry of Health, with the participation of our specialists, has developed special counters; the regions are already using them,” the TASS portal “Future of Russia. National projects”. “These calculators help in both a qualitative and quantitative sense to determine treatment regimens and calculate the cost of these regimens,” said the director of the National Medical Research Center for Oncology.
According to him, for many years chemotherapists worked in conditions of a total shortage of modern expensive drugs. Now this habit is affecting the treatment of patients, especially in regions characterized by “conservatism and inertia” – this was shown by an audit of the quality and availability of cancer care.
The federal project “Fighting Cancer” assumes a reduction in mortality from cancer to 185 cases per 100 thousand population. To achieve this, in the next six years it is planned to provide cancer patients with modern medicines in accordance with international clinical recommendations and treatment protocols. There are also plans to create outpatient cancer care centers, increase the availability of radiation therapy to 80% of the need, and create reference centers for immunohistochemical, pathomorphological and radiation research methods.
The fight against cancer is one of the priorities of the national health policy. In the recently published draft budget of the country, which was submitted to the State Duma for consideration, 190 billion rubles are provided for the fight against cancer within the framework of the national project “Healthcare” in 2020, and in the next two years – 182 billion and 186.8 billion rubles . 200 million rubles each. for three years will go towards an information campaign aimed at early detection of cancer and increasing people’s adherence to treatment. The Russian President, for his part, called on oncologists for international cooperation in the fight against cancer.
But for now, patients are complaining about the unavailability of drugs within the national cancer program. Despite its stated financial support, not all patients can always receive medical care in a timely manner due to the lack of certain drugs, including chemotherapy. One of the reasons for this situation is the disruption of government procurement. Some experts blame the regional ministries of health for this, which do not know how to organize tenders on time and correctly. Others see the reason in the imperfect decisions of the Russian Ministry of Health regarding the formation of the contract price.