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Rigvir cancer treatment medicine become registered in Armenia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUArmenia’s Medicine Supervisory Regulator has approved Latvian produced cancer treatment medicine Rigvir. With that, the unique medicine developed in Latvia has become available in another country.

Cancer patients from more than 50 countries of the world, including USA, EU, Russia and countries of the Near East have been receiving treatment using Rigvir up until now. For patients from other countries, on the other hand, virotherapy remains mostly as an option of medical tourism. Virotherapy continues becoming more and more popular around the world, taking its place as one more method to combat cancer.

Virotherapy is a unique cancer treatment method. It involves the use of a special oncological virus called Rigvir. It searches and destroys cells of malignant tumours in the human body. Virotherapy is considered an effective and safe cancer treatment method that helps improve patient’s health and life expectancy. Rigvir virus was discovered by Prof. Ana Muceniece in the ‘60s. Since 2011, Rigvir is fully compensated by the state as medicine used to treat melanomas. In 2015, virotherapy was added to clinical guidelines for treatment of skin cancer.

«I remember that my grandmother, scientist Aina Muceniece, wished to help patients from the bottom of her heart. She would often put her own needs aside in order to help other people and help science develop. I can say she would have been happy to know that Rigvir and or Riga virus is becoming more and more accessible to patients around the world. Registration of medicine is a long and complicated process, during which state authorities assess all aspects of safety and effectiveness of medicine in question. I am especially happy that the registration procedure in Armenia is a success, and that effective cancer treatment is now available for patients in Armenia,» – said Jurgis Auzins, Chairman of the Board of Rigvir holding.

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