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President is Troubled with High Prices for Drugs

Pharmacological support, prices at the pharmaceutical market have become one of the key topics discussed at a meeting of Vladimir Putin with members of government.

The president stressed that the government allocated almost 400 bln rubles to solve the problem of pharmacological support, which is 30% of the Russian market. However, prices for drugs are continuing to grow. Vladimir Putin considers that it is caused by manipulations of manufacturers and wholesalers with the acquiescence of dishonest public officials.

The Russian leader is disturbed with the fact that prices for certain drugs, manufactured in Europe are more expensive in Russia, than in Australia, while in European countries prices for these drugs are often several-fold lower than in Russia. President charged the Federal Antimonopoly Service with the responsibility to take this problem under control in close contact with national security services and law enforcement agencies.

Igor Artemiev, Head of FAS RF for his part, reported the measures on stabilization of prices for drugs in RF taken by the antimonopoly service. In particular, he reported to the president, that the administration managed to prevent manipulations of international companies with dosages, leading to significant increase of prices for drugs. Currently prices are kept down: according to the Ministry of Health statistics, within the 9 months this year it did not exceed 1 per cent.

Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health, speaking at the meeting on the project of federal budget, announced establishment of information and analytical monitoring and control system for purchased drugs. The minister remarked, that it will help to perform the analysis of information from each region of the Russian Federation for state municipal purchases at all stages, automatically calculate the mean market price for each INN and each trade name. As a matter of fact, it is a transition to a new method of initial price of contract on the market basis, not of maximum retail price, registered by the manufacturer.

According to instructions of the Russian President, the system will come into effect in test mode, and will operate full-scale from January 1, 2018.

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