Drug prices have soared in Russia, and there is a shortage of many drugs, Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged during a meeting with members of the government. He referred to the results of a random check, which took place in retail pharmacy chains, and called for the creation of a reserve of the most popular drugs, RIA Novosti reports.
“Well, when we cross the autumn-winter period, we, in addition to being one of the largest gas-producing countries, we also have a lot of gas in underground storage facilities to cross the peak of the autumn-winter period. Pumping gas. And we are doing the same for retail chains for many other positions of the most popular basic products, ”Putin gave an example. He suggested that there are specificities in the matter of sale of drugs, but suggested that general principles should be adopted.
“It is possible to completely ensure the passage of this flu-like, let’s say so conditionally, period, because we all know that at this time, antipyretic drugs, antibiotics, and so on are in the highest demand. does not prevent the formation of a fixed reserve,” Putin said. He instructed the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Health to work on the idea – according to Putin, the creation of a reserve “will make life easier for many people and will not cause any excitement in the market.”
Earlier, the Ministry of Health had prepared a list of 97 medicines which are at risk of shortage in Russia. The collapse of imports and problems with domestic production. These include, in particular, paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, analgin, hormonal drugs prednisolone, penicillin antibiotics (amoxicillin and doxycycline). also included in the list Analgesic lidocaine, iodine solution, Corvalol tablets and drops, nitroglycerin, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus vaccine (ADKS), vitamin E and several types of human immunoglobulin.
The import of medicines from abroad into Russia has fallen by 20% in physical terms. Cumulatively, in January-October, imports of finished drugs declined by 8.6% to 1.36 billion packs, while bulk drugs declined by 30%. According to the latest data from Rosstat for November, the domestic production of medicines in Russia decreased by 14.8% annually