Kazakh authorities take control of availability and price of essential drugs
Governor’s offices of the regions of Kazakhstan together with the heads of pharmaceutical companies and distributors are working on the issue of providing pharmacies with essential medicines.
The supply of medicines that can help recover from COVID-19, as well as the expansion of the list of analogue drugs and equal distribution of medicines in pharmacies was discussed at an online meeting organized by the Mayor’s Office of Nur-Sultan. Local authorities together with Kazakh Health Ministry will provide support on logistics issues, as well as simplifying the procedures for the purchase and import of medicines into the country.
“We are conducting a large systemic work together with the colleagues from government agencies on replenishing the supply of medicines. Firstly, purchasing and import procedures were simplified. Bureaucratic processes were eliminated. We are providing a logistic support and will continue doing so. Secondly, on the instructions of the Head of State, the relevant authorities are doing work to detect speculation and illegal sale of medications at inflated prices. It is also necessary to purchase analogue drugs. We will continue to work in this direction at a systemic level,” said Mayor of Nur-Sultan Altai Kulginov.
Availability of ‘Paracetamol’ in pharmacies will be constantly monitored. Coordinator on the Provision of Medicines of Almaty Mayor’s Office Zangar Salimbayev said that the demand for the antipyretic drug has led to its shortage. He said that Almaty residents bought 260,000 packages of Paracetamol within the past week alone, while the average monthly sales rate is nearly 50,000 packages. Following the instruction of Almaty Mayor Bakytzhan Sagintayev, a memorandum was signed with pharmaceutical manufacturers, suppliers, chain pharmacies and a specialized Association to solve this problem.
“Since June 22, we have been actively working with major suppliers, domestic manufacturers, distributors, chain pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. We signed an agreement, in which we negotiated that major suppliers and official distributors will prioritize the supply of medicines of social importance to 105 pharmacies in Almaty,” Salimbayev explained.
The situation is under personal control of Mayor of Almaty. Since July 1, 475,000 packages of essential drugs have been delivered to city pharmacies, including ‘Paracetamol’, ‘Aspirin’, ‘Ingavirin’, ‘Azithromycin’ and ‘Cardiomagnyl’. In addition, more than three million packages of Paracetamol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Ingavirin, Azithromycin and other drugs of social significance will be delivered to Almaty by the end of July.
“Medicines are expected to be delivered in three flights. Tomorrow a plane arrives from Russia and on July 12 and 15 from India,” Salimbayev added.
In addition, regions of the country also took measures to stabilize the situation with the supply of medicines and medical items. One of the pharmacy chains in Atyrau reached an agreement with the administration of the disposable syringe manufacturing plant. According to Governor’s Office of Atyrau region, city residents will be able to purchase products at cost price.