Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has instructed the Health Ministry to develop the second stage of the program for the state regulation of prices for medicines, particularly the medicines to treat cancer, tuberculosis and AIDS, he said, while opening a government meeting in Kyiv on Wednesday.

The project on the state regulation of prices for medicines for hypertensive patients, which was launched last year, has proved to be effective and should also be expanded to medicines against cancer, tuberculosis and AIDS, the Prime Minister said.

"These are the most socially significant diseases, and order should be restored in their treatment," he said.

He said the draft program should envisage the creation of national protocols for the treatment of these diseases, in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization, and orient the Ukrainian health care system at original branded medicines, the pricing for which is transparent and stable.

Azarov noted that in this case, it would be possible to introduce in Ukraine reference prices for medicines that are used in most countries, and remove from the Ukrainian market medicines with unknown effectiveness and quality, and withdraw speculatively expensive generics.

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