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‘People Could Lose Their Lives’: Medicine Shortages in Russia Have Left Patients Fending for Themselves

‘People Could Lose Their Lives’: Medicine Shortages in Russia Have Left Patients Fending for Themselves

“Without it I would have died,” Sheremet told The Moscow Times.

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“The problem is that these protectionist measures have limited Western companies’ access to the market that worked here for decades and whose drugs worked,” Maschan told The Moscow Times recently.

“Not only does this policy lower competitiveness, resulting in lower quality, but our producers currently aren’t able to supply the right quantity of the medicines anyway.” Intensifying the effects of the import substitution policy, the Health Ministry at the beginning of 2019 passed a policy that set prices on government tenders at a minimum rate.

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