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12 February 2021, 15:29

Lukashenko warns pharmacies against overpricing

MINSK, 12 February (BelTA) - The authorities will take serious decisions in case pharmacies overprice medications, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the 6th Belarusian People's Congress on 12 February, BelTA has learned.

Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus Mikhail Orda touched upon the issue of pricing, including the cost of medications in Belarus as he spoke at the forum.

Aleksandr Lukashenko responded by saying that private pharmacies were especially guilty of high prices. “We will take very serious decisions, up to closing these pharmacies, confiscating them and forfeiting to the state. We will monitor the pricing in pharmacies,” said the head of state.

According to him, amid the pandemic, when people are sick with various diseases, the state will not “play with medications, relying on some market”.

The president also instructed the government and the Labor Ministry to look through the issues raised by the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus regarding improvements to the pension system.

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