Praise Massive Price Cuts on Essential Medications

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Target: Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, India

Goal: Applaud initiative to improve the accessibility of life-saving medications and implants.

Essential cancer and cardiovascular drugs will have their prices cut by up to 90 percent thanks to a project by the government of India. Under the Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment initiative, new discount pharmacies operated by the Ministry for Health & Family Welfare will provide nearly 400 types of drug to consumers at the lowest possible prices. This will include drugs essential to the chemotherapy process, and will also cover 148 different types of cardiovascular implant.

India has a poverty rate of 22 percent, four percent higher than the worldwide average. Large income disparities between the rich and the remainder of the population leave millions of people unable to afford basic necessities such as food, hygiene products, and health care. Nearly 3 million Indians have cancer at any given time, with half a million dying each year. Approximately 50 percent of cancer patients in India will stop chemotherapy after two or three cycles due to the unaffordability of treatment options.

Should the initiative prove successful, the government has plans to expand the availability of the discount pharmacies. The new endeavor will make important health treatments more accessible to millions of people, improving their quality of life as well as increasing their chances of living a long and healthy life. Sign the petition below to praise India’s efforts to make life-saving healthcare more accessible and ask that the government work hard to expand and improve the initiative.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Nadda,

The Ministry for Health & Family Welfare recently announced the opening of discount pharmacies where citizens can obtain expensive treatments for cancer and heart disease at prices reduced by 60-90 percent. The pharmacies are designed to improve the accessibility of such drugs to the country’s poor who must often stop their treatments due to a lack of affordability. They will carry over 400 different types of drugs as well as 148 types of cardiovascular implant or stent.

This new initiative will improve the quality of life of millions of patients as well as give them a better chance of survival. We, the undersigned, praise India’s efforts to provide accessible healthcare to all citizens and ask that you work toward expanding the initiative as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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