Lukashenka Requires More Belarusian Drugs in Drugstores, Pharmacists Complain About Possible Losses

It is unprofitable for Belarusian drugstores to sell domestically produced medicines, Deputy Health Care Minister Hienadz Hadavalnikau said during a conference in Minsk on Thursday.

Representatives of the pharmaceutical industry openly acknowledged at a recent government conference that the sale of Belarusian-made medicines did not allow them to make a profit, as foreign-made drugs are about four times more expensive, Mr. Hadavalnikau said.

Belarusian medicines account for 36.7 per cent of the domestic market and for 12 percent of the drugs available at private pharmacies, he said.

Mr. Hadavalnikau complained that pharmacists often tell customers not to buy Belarusian medicines. “It is very sad and frustrating when professional pharmacists say, 'You may buy Belarusian medicines, but they are poor, they don't work,’” he said.

Mr. Hadavalnikau insisted that all drugs are identical, and that all pharmaceutical plants, including those in the United States, use equipment made in Italy, Germany and China and ingredients coming from the same plant in China and the European Pharmacopoeia.

People should be able to choose, which is why drugstores should carry both domestic and foreign medicines and pharmacists should give unbiased advice, he said.

Earlier this day, Aliaksandr Lukashenka has directed that the share of Belarusian-made pharmaceutical drugs must account for half of all medicines available at the country's drugstores by 2015, Viktar Shejn, deputy head of the health ministry's Department for Pharmaceutical Industry, said at a workshop in Minsk on September 20.

Belarusian-made medicines currently make up 36.8 per cent of the market, up from 23 per cent in 2011, according to the official.

He said that some healthcare institutions failed to present timely estimates of their medicine needs for the next year, leading to interruptions in deliveries of Belarusian-made pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Shejn announced that Belarus' pharmaceutical companies will advertise their products through a series of events to be held this month and in October.

There are 26 makers of pharmaceutical drugs in Belarus, including five state-owned companies. They make a total of 1,165 titles of medicines.


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Шпак wrote September 20, 2012 at 16:20
Отпустите цены на отечественные препараты для начала. Это решит большинство проблем.
R wrote September 20, 2012 at 16:30
адмаўляюць пакупнікоў ========= магчыма лепей, "адгаворваюць"
беларуска wrote September 20, 2012 at 17:23
канечне на беларускіх таварах не зробіш шалёныя накруткі як на замежных. але нешта я жабракоў сярод тых хто трымае аптэкі не бачыла
горе-фармацевты wrote September 20, 2012 at 23:48
а то, что , например, белорусский аналог L-тироксина людей чуть ли не в могилу вгоняет, а выписывать по рецепту немецкий, нормальный препарат аптеки не хотят, - это как называется? одинаковые лекарства??? и рецепт врачи -эндокринологи на белорусский препарат не дают, а пишут общее международное название нужного вещества, чтобы в случае увечья или смерти (возможно) всё спихнуть на пациента, мол, он сам купил... немецкий выписывать не хотят, травят людей белорусской фигнёй! а вы говорите "невыгодно"
аптекарь wrote September 22, 2012 at 17:15
на недорогие лекарства накрутка, как раз-таки, самая большая по закону.А на импорт - минимальная.
111 wrote September 22, 2012 at 20:03
импорт сейчас дешевле
Віталь wrote September 27, 2012 at 18:10
Мне тры розныя лекары казалі, што айчынныя нашыя лекі менш эфектыўныя, бо робяцца з кітайскіх і індыйскіх кампанентаў невысокай якасці. А пра беларускі інсулін чуў, што ён увогуле шкодны для здароўя. Зрэшты, чуткі - гэта чуткі. Але калі патрэбныя сур'ёзныя лекі, часцей бяру імпартныя. Нямецкія, французскія, венгерскія і г.д.
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