NEWS – SUMMER 2017
Because of a rise in price of medicines, Ukrainians refuse to be treated massively
Decrease in demand will lead to the complete disappearance from the pharmacy counters of resuscitative, oncological and cardiovascular drugs.
Ukrainians promise a new round of pharmaceuticals price hikes. Because of what pharmacies can completely refuse to purchase a number of already scarce medicines.
As experts told UBR.ua, despite an almost twofold increase in price from 2014, by the end of 2017, Ukrainians will experience another jump in prices.
From Ukrainian pharmacies, drugs are gone
“Medicines will rise in price even a little on a rate of inflation – on 12%. First of all, this will affect foreign preparations, but in Ukrainian medicines about 70% of the import component, “- said UBR.ua president of the All-Ukrainian Council for the Protection of Rights and Patient Safety Victor Serdyuk.
According to the member of the Economic Discussion Club Igor Garbaruk, in the first decade of August the total cost of the medicinal “basket” (32 most popular drugs among Ukrainians) was from 1114 UAH (Dnieper) to 1206 UAH (Kiev).
The maximum price increase in August was recorded in Kiev (1.7%), the minimum – in Lviv. Here the cost of medicines increased by a symbolic 0.1%.
The leader of the price increase since the beginning of the year was Kharkiv (11%), and the price tags in Odessa (by 7.4%) increased the least.
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How the prices for the most running positions changed:
Bint sterile – from 1.9% in Kharkov to 43% in Lviv;
But-shpa – from 0.4% in Odessa to 14.4% in Kiev;
Fastum-gel – from 0,3% in Odessa to 3,2% in Kiev;
Cheaper except that the adhesive plaster – by 0.5% in Kharkov and 12.1% in Kiev.
In turn, Konstantin Kosyachenko, ex-deputy chairman of the State Service of Medicines and Medical Products, noted that there are objective reasons for the rise in price of medicines: this is the increase in prices for energy resources and an increase in the minimum wage, which is also included in the price tags of medicines at enterprises.
The future devaluation of the hryvnia contributed to the projected rise in price. Many suppliers, fearing an autumn devaluation, have already begun to put in their prices a rate of 30 UAH / $.
“All contracts for the supply of medications are concluded for long-term periods, so they pose possible risks, which increases the cost of drugs,” Kosyachenko noted.
In Ukraine, there is not enough money for “affordable” drugs
The further rise in price of medicines, according to experts, will inevitably lead to the forced refusal of many patients from treatment. Already, about 30% of patients are trying to do without medication in case of ailment.
Those who can still afford to “hurt”, go to domestic drugs massively – about 75% of the pills bought in pharmacies are produced in Ukraine. Some of which, according to the doctors, are not always comparable in quality with foreign counterparts.
But in terms of money, everything is exactly the opposite. Only 25% of the money Ukrainians spend on our medications. It is understandable: imported drugs are much more expensive than domestic drugs.
Pharmacies respond to preferences of Ukrainians in their own way. Many of them will simply stop buying expensive drugs that do not enjoy sustainable demand. However, the problem is that cheap analogs in the market may simply not be found.
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“In connection with the decrease in the population’s solvency, expensive medicines will simply not be bought. And this is often just the drugs that save lives: from resuscitation to cardiovascular, oncological diseases, etc. Chemotherapy drugs simply will not be delivered. The need for them is not as significant as that of others – about 100 packs per year. When they have run out of registration, they will simply disappear from the Ukrainian market, “Viktor Serdyuk said in a conversation with UBR.ua.
Significantly reduce the cost of drugs in pharmacies, both Ukrainian and imported, would help cancel the recently introduced taxes on drugs. Namely, VAT of 7% and import tax on medicines is 5%. Such a step, according to experts, would reduce pharmacy prices by an average of 20%.