Everyone who has children will probably say without hesitation that the worst thing is when they get sick. Especially if we are talking about serious diseases, such as oncology, hemophilia, rare orphan diseases.
But we want to reassure you – you are not alone in the fight against your child’s illness. The state provides medicine against many diseases. These drugs are purchased by Medical Procurement of Ukraine and delivered to hospitals.
We are talking about exactly which medicines for small Ukrainians, how and where they can be obtained, as well as what to do if the necessary drugs are not available in your medical facility – read on.
Medicines against which diseases Medzakupivli buys for children
We buy medicines for small Ukrainians from many diseases. They are intended for the treatment of such diseases:
- hemophilia type A and B
- cerebral palsy (CP)
- children’s mental and behavioral disorders*
(from the autism spectrum, with schizophrenia, epilepsy, affective and hyperkinetic disorders)
- cystic fibrosis
- cardiovascular diseases
- orphan diseases
(spinal muscular atrophy, Gaucher disease, etc.)
- epidermolysis bullosa
- viral hepatitis B and C
- idiopathic familial dystonia
- infectious diseases with a high mortality rate
(diphtheria, rabies, tetanus, botulism and malaria)
- multiple sclerosis
- primary (congenital) immunodeficiencies
- juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- pulmonary arterial hypertension
*if the children are registered with a psychiatrist and these diseases are a concomitant, not the main diagnosis
How and where you can get free medicine for children
Most of the medicines that we buy and deliver to health care institutions are mostly solutions that are “dripped” directly in the hospital, but sometimes we are talking about tablets.
To receive free drugs, a child must:
- undergo appropriate examinations, pass tests and establish a diagnosis;
- get a referral for treatment with a particular drug from a doctor;
- together with this document, get the necessary drugs free of charge in your hospital or in any other where the MHI sent these drugs.
That this year MZU was purchased for the treatment of children
In general, we are talking about more than 15 different diseases. Using the example of the most common of them, let’s consider which medicines we buy and what their effect is. So:
- For children with oncology – we purchased 110 positions for UAH 389.5 million**.
We are talking about painkillers and drugs that slow down or stop the growth of cancer cells. These are not only tablets, but also solutions for injections, including busulfan, procarbazine, cyclophosphamide, carboplatin, imatinib, rituximab, asparaginase, etoposide, melphalan, etc.
- For children with hemophilia – 22 positions worth UAH 264.4 million**.
We are talking about various coagulation factors – complex proteins that are necessary for blood clotting, as well as drugs for routine prevention of bleeding.
- For children with mental and behavioral disorders – 21 positions worth UAH 7.7 million**.
We are talking about such drugs as risperidone, aripiprazole, methylphenidate, vigabatrin, atomoxetine, valproic acid salts, levetiracetam, lamotrigine. These are mainly antiepileptic and sedative drugs to reduce symptoms such as neuropathic pain, motor hyperactivity, seizures
See Government Resolution No. 216 for a complete list of medical products purchased by the Ministry of Health.
**as of November 14
What to do if the necessary medicine is not available in your hospital
Every patient, regardless of the place of registration, has the right to receive drugs in any other hospital where the MHI sent the drugs or to initiate their redistribution between medical institutions. This procedure takes place directly between structural divisions of health care – for this, contact the chief physician of your hospital.
To get medicine in another hospital, we advise you to check with them first whether the necessary medicine is available. You can call them directly or find this information in our Telegram bot, which is updated by hospitals twice a month.
Children are the future of the country
Unfortunately, many of the above diseases are incurable, but thanks to therapy, their symptoms can be alleviated and children can be adapted to social life.
After all, later these little Ukrainians, who will become adults, will rebuild the country after the war and build a happy future.
Kateryna Nekrasova, deputy general director for client experience management and international interaction of Medical Procurement of Ukraine, especially for UP. Life
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