All those residents who have to pay for their own medical treatment will breathe a sigh of relief, as some medicines and antibiotics are set to become up to 50 per cent cheaper.
According to a circular issued by the Directorate General of Pharmaceutical Affairs and Drug Control of the Ministry of Health (MoH) to private pharmacies and drug stores in the Sultanate, prices of around 1,180 medicines from 10 pharmacological groups have been revised and will be available at reduced prices from July 1, 2015.
The pricing policy has been decided on by the MoH in line with their goal of a national drug policy that is committed to a reliable supply of safe and cost effective medicines of acceptable quality, which are rationally used by prescribers, dispensers and consumers in both the government and private sectors.
The new prices are applicable on a wide range of products coming from manufacturers in Europe, USA, Canada and Middle Eastern countries.
Commenting on the decision in the local media, a doctor said that prices of about 90 per cent of antibiotics are likely to come down by 40 to 50 per cent. “It will not only reduce medical treatment of an individual, it will give the hospitals an opportunity to offer medical care at reduced prices. We are at ease because it gives us freedom to recommend good quality medicines to all segments of patients.”