President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Tuesday that there have been shortages of some medicines in Russia, regardless of the nation producing extra of its personal medicine, and instructed build up shares of well-liked medicines to assist meet demand.
Whereas pharmaceuticals are exempt from Western sanctions imposed over the conflict in Ukraine, their supply to Russia has been hit by transport, insurance coverage and customs hurdles attributable to the conflict and different restrictive measures, trade figures say.
“There was a scarcity of some medicine, even though we noticed manufacturing of pharmaceutical merchandise within the (first) three quarters of final yr develop by about 22%,” Putin mentioned in a televised assembly with authorities officers.
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“Sixty p.c of medicines in the marketplace are home medicine. Nonetheless, a deficit has shaped in some medicine, and costs have risen.”
He added that Russia doesn’t prohibit imports of medication and continues to work with international producers.
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“We have to guarantee there are provides of the most well-liked medicine inside a sure time frame,” he mentioned, suggesting that Russia may stockpile medicine for the flu season in the identical method it builds up fuel reserves in preparation for winter.
Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine in February final yr, Russians rushed to refill on medicine, with folks shopping for a month’s price of drugs in simply two weeks.
Russia additionally imports a big share of its medical tools, similar to pacemakers and radiotherapy units, from the European Union and america, and its reliance is especially acute for essentially the most advanced and significant machines.