Hope you had a great start of the year! Here at Advita USA we are working closely with our partner, Advita Fund in St. Petersburg to help them overcome challenges with supplying medications to cancer patients.
During 2019, Russian patients faced a new hurdle. For various reasons, many medications began disappearing from the pharmacies and hospitals. They included chemotherapy drugs and supporting medications, many categorized as Essential Medicines by World Health Organization. Sometimes, individual pharmacies would choose pricier drugs to replace cheaper analogs. Or the government-approved prices were too low for the manufacturers who would decide to exit Russian market altogether.
Natulan is one of the essential drugs that has been affected. Also known as procarbazine, it's one of the mainstays of cancer treatment, particularly for Hodgkin's lymphoma and brain cancers. Since it's been discovered decades ago, in the 1960s, it is one of the cheaper drugs available. However, it suddenly became difficult to find around the country.
Recently, we used your donations to purchase $1,800 worth of Natulan for patients in St. Petersburg. We appreciate your support and hope you continue staying with us. Unfortunately, supply of medications remains unpredictable and often the medicines are priced much higher than if purchased abroad. We will continue to monitor the situation and support the patients as necessary.
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