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08 April 2020, 18:45

Healthcare Ministry to work out measures to keep paracetamol in Belarus

MINSK, 8 April (BelTA) – The Healthcare Ministry will work out measures to put a stop to “grey” export of paracetamol, Belarusian Healthcare Minister Vladimir Karanik made the statement during a YouTube stream hosted by the National Press Center on 8 April, BelTA has learned.

The official said: “We will work out measures to satisfy the domestic demand, to prevent problems for our citizens, and to prevent medications from leaving the country via grey export schemes.” Vladimir Karanik noted that Belarusian medications are considerably cheaper than medications in neighboring countries, this is why some people try to profiteer from it by exporting paracetamol.

The focus of the Belarusian pharmaceutical industry is now shifting from export to domestic sales. Vladimir Karanik mentioned an increased demand for paracetamol and antivirals on the Belarusian market. For instance, the amount of paracetamol that used to sell over the course of 14 months was sold within merely two weeks. The healthcare minister pointed out that large doses of paracetamol can harm the patient's liver. Taking this medication without instructions from the doctor can do a lot of harm to the patient's health.

Apart from that, the current procedure for pricing antiseptics is being revised in order to make them more affordable for the population. Some of the companies that can make antiseptics in addition to their core business have had the Healthcare Ministry approve their recipes and are starting making antiseptics.

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