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Russians are struggling to find vital drugs after Western sanctions


Last week, Reuters reported that Russia’s Roszdravnadzor, a health regulator, said the shortage of drugs was due to higher “artificial” demand because people stocked up at the start of the war and suppliers did not. was able to renew these stocks in time, writes insider.com.

The PA reported that at the beginning of the war, residents were urging each other to stock up on vital medicines as fears of sanctions affecting stocks increased.

According to Radio Free Europe, some Russian citizens were unable to find the imported medicines they needed, while others were forced to ask family members to send them medicines from abroad.

Ziyautdin Uvaysov, head of the Patient Monitor, a patient rights group in the Russian region of Dagestan, told the AP that he had called several state pharmacies in the region to see the availability of the 10 most wanted drugs and that they did not have a batch in stock. they did not know when they would be resupplied.

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Dr. Alexey Erlikh, head of the cardiac intensive care unit at Hospital no. 29 in Moscow, the AP said that even doctors could not find the drugs, including those needed for some surgery. Erlikh also said he was concerned about the quality of the medicines available.

About 40% of Russian medicines were imported, and following sanctions following the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia imposed a law to replace them with Russian-made medicines.

Erlick said some generic substitutions made in the country were not effective.

“Of course, when there is no original medicine, a generic one is better than nothing. But it is a (deliberate) situation of lowering the bar, it is not a good way to live,” he told AP.

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Last month, several healthcare companies said they felt compelled to supply the medicines needed by Russia, despite obstacles to sanctions and opposition to the war, but sanctions made it difficult for companies to send medicines to the country.

Russia’s SWIFT sanctions have hampered international payments, and stopping air traffic with Russia has disrupted supply chains, the AP reported.

In addition, some healthcare companies have previously stated that there is a shortage of truck drivers to make deliveries.

The AP reported that on Friday, Roszdravnadzor said the drug market was “gradually returning to normal” and that panic purchases were declining.

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