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Volunteer: "Cancer treatments are delayed or cut off due to lack of medications, complicating cases"

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Volunteer: "Cancer treatments are delayed or cut off due to lack of medications, complicating cases"

May 21, 2024, 8:24 AM

May 21, 2024, 8:24 AM

“For approximately three months we have been feeling the effect of the lack of dollars in remedies. This shortage affects cancer treatments being delayed and/or cut,” he reported. Beby Bañón, president of the Manos en Acción Association, volunteering that supports pediatric patients with remedies covered by the Unified Health System (SUS).

According to her, in chemotherapies the start of treatment is delayed because there are chemotherapies that are received from time to time, and those that are constant.

“So, some are cut off by nonexistence, as happens with the Mercaptopurine (for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia). Several weeks passed without any, and several had to stop treatment, which is complicating the cases,” he warned.

In other situations, he admitted that they had to delay the procedure because the remedies did not arrive. “In the hospital there were many problems due to the supply of chemo and also other basic medications that they ask for and that are not covered by the SUS. We looked in pharmacies and there were none., the answer is that they were not arriving, and that is due to the lack of imports, due to the lack of dollars. “It’s complicated,” he lamented.

The volunteer insisted that really They are having a hard time getting the medicines, and attributed this problem to the lack of dollars. “This is what they tell us in most pharmacies, and that is why importers are not being able to bring (remedies),” he said.

The Minister of Productive Development and Plural Economy, Néstor Huanca, reported that the Financial System Supervision Authority (ASFI) will be requested that instructs private banks to deliver dollars to the pharmaceutical sectorwhich, given the shortage of currency, called into question the supply of medicines in the country.

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