New Delhi: Kick starting the process for a possible issuance of compulsory licences for anti-cancer drugs, the DIPP has sought details from the Health Ministry regarding three medicines sold by multinationals Roche and Bristol-Myers Squibb in India to make them affordable. The Health Ministry had approached the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) last month for issuance of compulsory licences (CLs) for three anti-cancer drugs - trastuzumab, ixabepilone and dasatinib, which are very expensive. "The DIPP has sent a set of 12-14 questions to the Health Ministry yesterday. The department wants more information on things like number of cancer patients in India; prices of these three drugs in domestic and international market; alternative drugs if available and name of manufacturers etc," sources told PTI. The Health Ministry had expressed concerns over the exorbitant prices of the three drugs. While one vial (of 50 ml) of 40 mg Trastuzumab costs Rs 1,24,000, 60 tablets of 20mg each of dasatinib priced at Rs 1,17,220. Similarly, one vial of 45 mg of ixabepilone costs Rs 66,430.
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