The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, admitted this Tuesday (24) the shortage of certain medicines in Russian pharmacies, as well as the increase in prices, despite the fact that the country is producing more of its own medicines.
“Prices in our country have risen lately and there has been some shortage of some medicines, although we are experiencing an increase in the production of pharmaceutical products,” the Kremlin chief said in a teleconference meeting with government officials.
In this sense, he guaranteed that 60% of the pharmaceutical market “are already national medicines”, based on the result of a random control in retail chains and pharmacies.
The Russian president also maintained that Russia does not prohibit the importation of medicines and that it works with foreign manufacturers, of which “many continue this cooperation as usual”.
“But some of them have suspended the research, as we see, and that is why it is very important to increase our own efforts”, he stressed.
Western sanctions exclude drugs and medical equipment, but getting to Russia is hampered by barriers in transport, insurance and banking.
The head of the executive committee of the pro-government People’s Front movement, Mikhail Kuznetsov, said he receives constant complaints about the inability to buy drugs that require a prescription, such as foreign-brand antibiotics Amoxiclav and Suprax, the antipyretic Nurofen and cancer drugs such as Tamoxifen. .
Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko explained to Putin that list prices of vital and essential medicines rose by 1.9% in 2022, while those of other medicines rose by 10%, below the rate of inflation, 11.94% .
Murashko also highlighted that Russian production of medicines increased by more than 15% compared to 2021, as indicated by the Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov.