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    Rwanda's Ministry of Health partners with Johnson & Johnson to subsidize Mental Health Drugs

    Rwanda's Ministry of Health is poised to set the country on the path of survival as it partners with Johnson & Johnson to subsidize the cost of drugs for mentally deranged patients, AllAfrica reports.

    The partnership which is a 5-year deal with the pharmaceutical giant will see prices of drugs being slashed by up to 70%.

    Drugs for Schizophrenia, which the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) has said accounts for 26% of mental illnesses in the country, are being slashed from Rwf30,000 (about ₦13,000) down to Rwf5,000 (about ₦2100).

    The Director of Psychiatric Care at RBC, Jean Damascene Iyamuremye, said:

    "Risperdal was introduced 5 years ago. In the beginning, one dose was at Rwf100,000 for patients without health insurance – they required three doses a year. It has since reduced to Rwf 30,000 but still many people would not afford it. Now, we expect the price to reduce up to Rwf5,000 thanks to this partnership."
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