Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The State Service of Ukraine on Medicines and Drugs Control banned the importation and creation in the country of more than 40 medicines of Russian production because they are “inadequate quality and violate legislative requirements”. It is said in the decree of the department published on August 17th.
“I forbid the realisation, storage, and use of the medicines specified in the appendix of this given decree. The subjects of economic activity should urgently, after obtaining this decree, to verify the availability of the specified medicines and to take measures to withdraw them from circulation for further removal and/or destruction,” it is said in the document.
In particular, antibacterial medicines, immunomodulators, and anti-inflammatory (“Galavit”, “Immunomaks”, “Imunofan”, “Panavir”), spazmolitik (“Galidor”), the metabolic medicine “Glitsin”, vaccines and medicines against tick-borne encephalitis, and others were included in the forbidden list. Besides Russian drugs, medicines produced in Poland, Hungary, France, Germany, and some other countries are also forbidden.
Previously, initiatives of banning the delivery of Russian drugs were repeatedly sounded in Ukraine. In July, 2017 the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine appealed to the government to suspend the sale of medicines manufactured in the Russian Federation. The ministry also advised pharmaceutical companies to re-register medicines that have registration certificates of the Russian Federation in order to “withdraw producers/applicants from Russia from registration materials of the medicines registered in Ukraine”.
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