Putin says Russia is facing a shortage of medicine due to war with Ukraine

Putin says Russia is facing a shortage of medicine due to war with Ukraine

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President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that there were shortages of some medicines in Russia, despite the country producing more of its own drugs, and suggested building up stocks of popular medicines to help meet demand.

While prescription drugs are exempt from Western sanctions imposed over the war in Ukraine, their delivery to Russia has been hit by transport, insurance and customs hurdles caused by the war and other restrictive measures, industry figures say.

“There has been a shortage of some drugs, despite the fact that we saw production of pharmaceutical products in the (first) three quarters of last year grow by about 22%,” Putin said in a televised meeting with government officials.

“Sixty percent of medicines on…

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