According to Chinese state media Xinhua, the prices of cancer drugs, including the alkaloid-based ones, were reduced because the government has lifted import tariffs on all common drugs since May, 2018.
In particular, Xinhua pointed out that the price of each vial of Herceptin decreased significantly from 17,600 yuan to 7,600 yuan in Hunan Province. From our data visualization, it is found that it is true in all the cities covered in the project with the cheapest price being 7270.16 yuan in Shanghai.
To find out the drug prices for different cancer treatments in different cities, input information of the targeted cancer, chemical name of the medicine and the commercial name of the drug.
The 10 mainland cities featured are Beijing, Shenyang, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Harbin, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xi'an, Zhengzhou and Chongqing.
Not always. Some anti-cancer drugs are cheaper in big cities like Beijing, Shanghai and guangzhou than in medium-sized cities like Chongqing and xi 'an. According to the China cancer data report 2018 released by the national cancer center, the incidence of cancer is lowest in medium-sized cities, while for low-income families, the harm of cancer is fatal.
Whether imported drugs are expensive depends on the type of drugs and the manufacturer. However, the price of some imported drugs in China is indeed high. China imported about 40 billion yuan of anticancer drugs every year with the tariff rate of 5 to 10 percent before the new policy."From the beginning of this century, the price of tablets or injections of imported tumor targeting and chemotherapy drugs is equal to or even several times the price of gold", which is difficult for ordinary families to afford. (Southern Urban Daily, March 2018)
"Cancer-induced poverty" is nothing new in China. The research on the economic burden of cancer patients in China published in 2016 shows that 77.6% of cancer patients think that the economic burden brought by the disease to the family is unaffordable. Lowering drug prices is therefore only the first step.