Health Desk—April 21, 2017: The giant irregularities in pricing of stents used for treating artery blockage, are set to be resolved as the drug administration started fixing the prices of the life-saving medical device.
According to the sources, a total of 21 companies import 47 types of stents to the country. The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) has primarily fixed the prices of 26 types of stents of 11 importers.
Maj Gen Mustafizur Rahman, director general at the DGDA, in this connection said, “We have sent copies of the price list to public and private hospitals directing them to strictly follow the list from today (Thursday)”
The supply resumed after the association leaders met DGDA officials at its office on Thursday. The officials in the meeting clarified fixing of stent prices for the association leaders.
According to cardiologists, hospitals were charging patients at different rates as patients were in the dark about the actual prices. They used to pay between Tk 80,000 and Tk 1.5 lakh for a drug-eluting stent at public hospitals. In some private hospitals, the cost varied between Tk 1.5 lakh and Tk 2.5 lakh.
“In public hospitals, the patients can now save Tk 20,000 to Tk 40,000 for each stent, while the savings would be much more in the cases of private hospitals,” said Prof SM Mustafa Zaman, cardiology department, BSMMU.
However, prices of most of the stents would come down by 20 to 90 percent following the introduction of new rates.