There is a shortage of some medicines in Russia. Putin admits there is a problem

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We are missing some drugs, despite the fact that pharmaceutical production in the first three quarters of last year increased by about 22 percent. – quotes Putin’s words Reuters.

The statement was made during a meeting with officials devoted to the situation on the medical products market. According to the report from the meeting, apart from the shortcomings, Russia also records higher prices of medicinal products.

Drugs are not covered by Western sanctions imposed on Russia after the war in Ukraine. According to the applicable rules, medical products are not included in the “basket” of sanctions due to the inhumanity of such a solution.

However, as it was pointed out last year, despite the thriving domestic medical market in Russia, the sanctions may indirectly cause trouble. The main problems are the cost of producing the drugs, raised by economic sanctions, as well as obstacles to the transport itself.

– 60 percent drugs on our market are domestic drugs. And yet, in some categories, a deficit has developed and prices have risen – quotes the rest of Putin’s speech Reuters.

The news agency recalls that shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, The Russians “rushed” on pharmaciesto obtain necessary medications. In two weeks, people were buying drugs designed to meet their monthly needs.

Reuters adds that the issue of some medical equipment may also become problematic. Russia imports many such goods from the US and the European Union. It’s about, among others pacemakers or devices used during radiation therapy.

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