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Une société pharmaceutique égyptienne produit un nouveau médicament contre le virus de l'hépatite C

Une société pharmaceutique égyptienne produit un nouveau médicament contre le virus de l'hépatite C | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By DANA AL-HADIDY

CAIRO: The procedures of producing a new Hepatitis C virus drug have been started, said Mohamed Mohsen, general manager of the Egyptian private pharmaceutical company. The new drug will be sold in Egypt at a price 30 percent cheaper than the current price.

It is expected that the package cost would cost $ 20,000 instead of $ 30,000.

Mohsen said on a symposium that his company got a package of the new drug in order to study the composition of the drug and how it is manufactured.

Hesham al-Khayat, liver diseases doctor in the Theodor Bilharz Institute, added that the cost of the therapeutic course will reach 500,000 EGP ($ 71,800.)

He explained that if the Ministry of Health helped him with the registration procedures, the drug could be available in the markets after eight months. He added that he is ready to make all researches and studies the ministry needs to make sure of the effectiveness of the drug and its impact on the patient.

Originally published in Youm7.

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Medicine shortage hits Egypt's pharmacies

Medicine shortage hits Egypt's pharmacies | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Pharmacists and Health Ministry officials warned on Thursday that the drugs used to cure or treat hepatitis, diabetes and infertility, along with infant milk, are missing from pharmacies across Egypt, as the medicine shortage intensifies.

Pharmacists said that a growing number of drugs are being added to the "deficiencies list" due to the rise in the price of dollar against the Egyptian pound and its impact on the rates of pharmaceutical companies imports.

Health Ministry officials attributed the crisis to illegal practices of producers, including their refusal to waive the profit margin.

The officials acknowledged the shortage in medicines, stressing that the ministry is addressing the crisis by providing similar drugs as alternatives to the missing products, which the officials said have the same therapeutic impact.

The officials also linked the deficit in medicines to the decrease of Egypt’s credit rating and the closure of some production lines, as well as strikes in drugs factories and a global shortage of some raw materials.

Adel Abdel Maqsoud, chief of the pharmacies owners division, said that 55 Egyptian drug factories have been shut down because of the increase in the prices of imported raw materials, not for commercial reasons, but because of the dollar exchange rate against the Egyptian pound.

Ayman Mekhaimar, spokesperson for the Holding Company for Pharmaceutical Industries, said the company has enough inventory to cover this year. He added that the company is not suffering from the dollar shortage crisis in the country, but instead is struggling to offer a variety of drugs below cost

 

More on: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/medicine-shortage-hits-egypt-s-pharmacies

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Egypt Drug Use Reaches ‘Disastrous’ Levels, Official Says

Egypt Drug Use Reaches ‘Disastrous’ Levels, Official Says | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Drug use in Egypt has reached “disastrous levels” and surpassed the international average, the state-run Middle East News Agency quoted the head of the Fund for Drug Control and Addiction Treatment as saying.

About 7 percent of the population uses drugs compared with 5 percent internationally, said Amr Othman, the fund’s chief. He linked the figures to weakness in the role of the family, too much free time and a desire for experimentation.

 

More on: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-25/egypt-drug-use-reaches-disastrous-levels-official-says.html

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Price hikes for food, medicine

Price hikes for food, medicine | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The overall index of food prices went up by 1 percent last week, said Osama Sultan of the Federation of Egypt Chambers of Commerce (FECC).

“Prices of rice went up 14 percent, and poultry 15 percent,” he noted.

Yasser al-Shazly, an economic researcher, attributed the rise in poultry prices to a rise in the price of feed, and to bad weather conditions.

An FECC report said several medications have also gone up in price due to the dollar rising by 12 percent against the Egyptian pound, which affects the cost of imported raw material.

The report added that there is a shortage of 100 types of medicines. (Egypt independent)

 

More : http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/price-hikes-food-medicine

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