A shortage of "Herceptine" medication, used for cancer treatment, had a negative effect on cancer patients in Bulgaria. A lot of these patients have filed a collective claim against the health ministry for being responsible for the shortage of the medication.
60% of patients suffer from metastases and breast cancer patients' conditions get worse as a result of the shortage of the medication. However, the National Health Office is supposed to offer that medication for free. Nearly 4000 women, currently having extensive breast cancer treatment, are affected by the shortage of the medication. The Health Protection Center made a statement in a press conference today. Based on that statement, around 80% of all cancer patients can be cured and become cancer-free if they were offered the medication for a one year of treatment. The Center expressed hope that public interest in this issue will provoke the justice. The court is going to review the collective claim this fall.