Putin says Russia is facing a shortage of medicine due to war with Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Tuesday that there have been shortages of some medicines in Russia, regardless of the nation producing extra of its personal medication, and instructed build up shares of widespread medicines to assist meet demand.

Whereas pharmaceuticals are exempt from Western sanctions imposed over the battle in Ukraine, their supply to Russia has been hit by transport, insurance coverage and customs hurdles brought on by the battle and different restrictive measures, business figures say.

“There was a scarcity of some medication, even though we noticed manufacturing of pharmaceutical merchandise within the (first) three quarters of final yr develop by about 22%,” Putin mentioned in a televised assembly with authorities officers.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a information convention in Minsk, Belarus, on Dec. 19, 2022.
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“Sixty p.c of medicines in the marketplace are home medication. However, a deficit has fashioned in some medication, and costs have risen.”

He added that Russia doesn’t prohibit imports of medicine and continues to work with international producers.

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“We have to guarantee there are provides of the most well-liked medication inside a sure time frame,” he mentioned, suggesting that Russia might stockpile medication for the flu season in the identical manner it builds up gasoline reserves in preparation for winter.

Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine in February final yr, Russians rushed to refill on medication, with folks shopping for a month’s value of medication in simply two weeks.

Russia additionally imports a big share of its medical tools, similar to pacemakers and radiotherapy gadgets, from the European Union and the US, and its reliance is especially acute for probably the most advanced and important machines.