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NHF INTRODUCES 2 YEAR WAITING PERIOD FOR ALL NEW ACTIVE INGREDIENTS & More A1c Tests Allowed Per Year For Beneficiaries

NHF INTRODUCES 2 YEAR WAITING PERIOD FOR ALL NEW ACTIVE INGREDIENTS & More A1c Tests Allowed Per Year For Beneficiaries

The Medical Review Committee of the National Health Fund has introduced a two-year waiting period for all new active ingredients introduced into Jamaica. This means that a drug must be in clinical use in Jamaica for at least 24 months prior to the submission of the application for coverage on the NHF Drug List. Dr. Eugenie Brown-Myrie, Chair of the NHF Medical Review Committee says “This waiting period is being introduced because the Committee wants to ensure that any product that is included on the NHF Drug List has had a long enough period of use in the country to allow for a fair assessment of the product’s efficacy and safety.”

Over 10,000 beneficiaries enrolled with the NHF for breast and prostate cancers may benefit from the addition of two new drugs for the treatment of these diseases. They are Docetaxel a new active ingredient with a subsidy of $5,157.00 for each 20 milligram injection and Tramacet.

Tramacet is a combination of tramadol and acetaminophen which is currently listed under arthritis and is now covered under prostate and breast cancer as an adjunct. A complete list of subsidized prescriptions on the NHF Drug List is available on the NHF website (www. NHF.ORG.JM).

The NHF has also increased the number of HbA1c tests it will approve per year for beneficiaries. Persons enrolled for diabetes are now allowed four tests, with each test payable every 90 days. Beneficiaries enrolled for conditions other than diabetes are now entitled to one (1) test per year.

The HbA1c test is a simple laboratory test that shows the average blood glucose level over the last three (3) months in order to determine if a person’s blood glucose level is within the normal range. This test is a valuable one in the management of diabetes.

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