Cabinet to forbid Health Ministry to buy medicines, cancel re-registration of drugs from many countries

16:03, 09 December 2014
Ukraine
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The Cabinet of Ministers intends to cancel the registration of pharmaceuticals and medical products that have already been registered and licensed in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said on Tuesday at a meeting of the government.

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"In particular, a bill on the actual recognition of all drugs and medicines that are registered in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan, will be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine," he said.

"[As for] the reform of the health system - I'll start with the most painful thing, medicines,” Yateseniuk said.

“In this case we make an unprecedented step – we will submit to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a bill on the actual recognition of all drugs and medicines that are [already]registered in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. This means that we will cancel the bureaucratic and corrupt registration of drugs and medicines that have passed the corresponding registration and licensing in these countries.

"In addition, the Cabinet of Ministers intends to withdraw from the Ministry of Health a number of functions [to do with] the purchase of medicines and medical products, and to submit them to the UN system. A number of vaccines and special medicines will be purchased under the scheme and the model of the UN system." 

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