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Sunday 22 September 2019
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Cheaper epilepsy drug from CDAP?

THE EDITOR: It has always been circulated that CDAP drugs are at the lowest end of the spectrum. The cheapest that our dollar can buy. Most of these drugs originate in India.

Recently it has been bought to my attention that there is now a cheaper form of Dilantin (phenytoin sodium) given to people on the programme.

The regular more expensive type is also available — for sale.

This drug is used to treat epilepsy — not the common cold. Do we want recipients to suffer a seizure while driving a school bus full of children?

Most CDAP patients cannot do any better. And there is always an existing shortage.

Are these drugs generic, Mr Health Minister? Is this a case of “free thing no good and good thing no free?”

AV RAMPERSAD, Princes Town

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