Putin says Russia faces drug shortages due to war with Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin stated Tuesday that Russia is experiencing shortages of some medicines although the nation is making extra of its personal medicines, and urged constructing shares of standard medication to fulfill demand.

Whereas pharmaceuticals are exempt from Western sanctions imposed on battle in UkraineTheir cargo to Russia has been hampered by transportation, insurance coverage and customs hurdles brought on by the battle and different restrictive measures, trade insiders say.

“There have been shortages of some medicines, though pharmaceutical product manufacturing grew by about 22% within the (first) three quarters of final yr,” Putin instructed a televised assembly with authorities officers.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference in Minsk, Belarus, December 19, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a information convention in Minsk, Belarus, December 19, 2022.
(Sputnik/Pavel Bednyakov/Kremlin by way of REUTERS)

“Sixty p.c of the medication in the marketplace are home medication. Regardless of this, some medication have turn out to be in deficit and costs have risen.”

He added that Russia doesn’t limit imports of medicines and continues to cooperate with international producers.

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“We have to be certain that the most well-liked medicines are replenished inside a sure timeframe,” he stated, suggesting Russia might stockpile medicines for flu season in the identical means it builds up gasoline reserves in preparation for winter.

Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine in February final yr, Russians rushed to replenish on medicines, and other people purchased a month’s value of medicines in simply two weeks.

Russia additionally imports a lot of its medical tools, corresponding to pacemakers and radiotherapy machines, comes from the European Union and the US, and its reliance is especially robust for probably the most advanced and significant machines.