Keep Pentasa/ Asacol (Mesalazine) on the National Formulary - MOH T&T

Keep Pentasa/ Asacol (Mesalazine) on the National Formulary - MOH T&T

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National Association of Crohn's and Colitis of Trinidad and Tobago started this petition to Minister of Health Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh and

Pentasa and Asacol are both drugs used to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Patients from all age groups, small children, teenagers, working adults and the elderly, access these drugs through the public hospitals. These medications directly affect the quality of life of those using it. In most cases it is the only thing that allow patients to resume a somewhat normal life, where they are able to attend school/work on a regular basis.

Without these drugs patients will experience daily symptoms of chronic diarrhea, blood stools, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fatigue and more. Most patients are placed on these medications for the duration of their lifetime, sometimes to be used in addition to other medications. The cost of purchasing these drugs privately is simply too high for IBD patients to pay out of pocket in the long term.

Our organisation, the National Association of Crohn's and Colitis of Trinidad and Tobago has received information from a source within NWRHA that the Ministry of Health has, for reasons not disclosed, decided against renewing their contracts with the pharmaceutical companies supplying the medications: Asacol and Pentasa. This means when the existing supply of these drugs are used up from C40 patients will no longer have access to them through public hospital. To date the Ministry of Health has not released any information to IBD patients or the public on the reasons for their decision or any alternative plans they have for patients who are currently on Pentasa and Asacol.

It is vital that Pentasa and Asacol remain on the national formulary so that IBD patients can gain access to them through public hospital and continue to maintain the quality of life these drugs provide. Our goal is to  have this matter raised in parliament and to take this petition to the Minister of Health and urge him to take the necessary steps to ensure Pentasa and Asacol remain on the national forumlary. 

Please help us to get this petition heard by signing and sharing, we can't do this without your support!

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