Ukrainian Deputy: Deadly, Dangerous Medicines Can Be Freely Sold in Ukraine

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine doesn’t announce to the public the results of drug tests, the carrying out of which earns financial reward. Information about clinical trials of their efficiency remains sealed away, noted the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Public Health Olga Bogomolets.

“Nobody, besides the drug producers and several responsible persons in Ministry of Healthcare, has access to the classified information about the real influence of drugs on our health. Such an approach, together with uncontrolled advertising of medicines, poses a real risk to the lives and health of people,” assures Bogomolets.

She notes that according to the Law of Ukraine “On medicines”, materials of preclinical studying, clinical tests, and their examinations are classified. In order to change the situation it is necessary to adopt changes to the law that will provide public access to this information. The relevant bill was adopted by the Rada in the first reading already in November, 2016, however it still hasn’t been introduced for a second reading, noted Bogomolets. Meanwhile, Ukrainians choose medications being guided by advertising, but in reality they don’t know what they take, notes People’s Deputy.

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