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The drug costing Rs 18 crore attracts Rs 6 in central taxes

Tax Rebate For Toddler's Rare Disease Drug; Chief Minister Writes To PM

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Friday Jul 9, 2021

Thiruvananthapuram : Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging to waive tax on import of a rare disease drug for a toddler in Kannur. 

One-and-half year old Muhammad suffers from a rare disorder – Spinal Muscular Atrophy(SMA) that steadily debilitates the central nervous system. A charity drive organized by leaders and neighbours raised funds toward purchase the drug Zolgensma – the prescription gene therapy that treats the condition.

The centre had exempted import of Zolgensma once last year for a similarly ailing child from Mumbai.

The drug,  to come from America costs Rs 18 crores with roughly Rs 6 crores levy by the way of central taxes..