Moscow authorities have expanded the list of free medicines

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Moscow authorities have expanded the categories of recipients and the list of free medicines, TASS reports with reference to materials for the meeting of the presidium of the Government of the capital.

“The Government of Moscow government has decided to add new categories of beneficiaries and new medicines to be provided for free under medical prescriptions. The order on this issue was signed by Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow. In accordance with the amendments, citizens suffering from rheumatic disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic (acute) lupus erythematosus, and ankylosing spondylitis will receive immunosuppressants for free,” the message says.

It is noted that patients with glaucoma and cataract will receive free drugs of the prostaglandin group and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors used to treat increased intraocular pressure. Minor children diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency, a hereditary disease that impairs the immune system, will be provided with immunoglobulins free of charge. Previously, patients could receive this drug for free only if they had a disability or a hematological disease.

“It is estimated that the decision will improve the provision of medicines to about 4250 people. Additional budget expenditure will amount to about 87 million rubles a year,” the article says.

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