Putin admits scarcity. Medicines will rise in price in Russia

Putin admits scarcity. Medicines will rise in price in Russia
Putin admits scarcity. Medicines will rise in price in Russia

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, admitted this Tuesday that Russian pharmacies are experiencing shortages of some medicines and that the prices of these goods have increased despite the fact that the country has started to produce more of its own medicines.

“Lately, the prices of some medicines have grown in our country and there is a certain shortage, despite the fact that we are witnessing an increase in the production of pharmaceutical products”, said the head of the Kremlin (Russian presidency) at a meeting with members of the Government .

Putin explained that 60% of the national market is currently made up of “domestic medicines”, noting that, although Russia does not ban the import of pharmaceutical products and works with foreign manufacturers, some have suspended activities in the country.

Therefore, he added, it is “very important to increase our own efforts”.

Western sanctions imposed on Russia in response to the invasion and war in Ukraine exclude medicines and medical equipment, but the arrival of these goods in the country is hampered by limitations applied to transport, insurance and banking.

The head of the executive committee of the pro-Government Popular Front movement, Mikhail Kuznetsov, said today that he had received several complaints about the impossibility of buying medicines that require a prescription, such as foreign brand antibiotics Amoxiclav and Suprax (to treat bacterial infections), some oncological such as Tamoxifen, as well as the antipyretic Nurofen.

According to the Minister of Health of Russia, Mikhail Murashko, the list prices of essential medicines increased by 1.9% in 2022, while others rose by 10%, still remaining below the inflation rate, which was 11.94% .

Last year, Russian production of medicines increased by more than 15% compared to 2021, according to data provided by the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov.

Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24th, justified by the Russian President with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize the neighboring country, but which was condemned by the international community in general.

The West has responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions on Russia.

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