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Cancer treatment medicine donated to local public hospitals

October 13, 2004

The U.S. based National Cancer Coalition (NCC), through the Embassy of the United States in Montevideo, launched an aid program consisting of a series of donations of cancer medication for needy patients in Uruguayan public hospitals. The first installment was received in July by the Ministry of Public Health (Ministerio de Salud Pública - MSP). It consisted of 500 ampules of Ifosfamide (1 gr) and 500 ampules of Mesna (1 gr), valued at over 120,000.00 dollars.

A second donation consisting of 104,400 tablets in 10 mg. form, and 70,080 tablets in 20 mg. form of Tamoxifen, was just received by the MSP for distribution to public hospitals. This medication is used to treat breast cancer, and reduce the risk of breast cancer in women at high risk for the disease. Tamoxifen is in a class of drugs known as antiestrogens; it blocks the activity of estrogen, a female hormone produced by the body in the breast. The value of this donation amounts to 460,588.00 dollars.

The NCC is a non-profit organization. Its main objective is to help reduce the suffering of cancer patients and their families through assistance and awareness. Their international aid program is specifically aimed at donating high quality cytostatic drugs, medical equipment and supplies.


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