He said that prices of several drugs for diabetes, prostrate ailments, ashma, respiratory diseases, neurological disorders, antibiotics and painkillers would be reduced immediately.
The Minister added that 10 varieties of expensive cancer drugs will also be reduced soon. Thousands of patients have been benefitted by the reduction of 48 varieties of essential drugs by Dr.Senaratne in 2016. His decision led to the reduction of 272 drug varieties in the local market under various brand names in 2016. Sri Lanka spends US$ 900 million for the import of essential drugs for local hospitals.