The labeling of medicines should be postponed for six months and introduced from January 1, 2021. A bill has already been drafted. This was announced by Alexander Petrov, a member of the State Duma Committee for Health Protection, during the session, which was held within the framework of “Pharmruna 2020.”
“Unfortunately, foreign specialists could not come to train our factory workers, the technological equipment did not pass the installation supervision. We do not have time to run everything at a number of plants. And I believe that if at least one drug does not enter the market after July 1, 2020, it is wrong, so we will introduce the labeling from January 1, 2021,” said Alexander Petrov, a member of the State Duma Committee on Health Protection.
He acknowledged that it was a “bad” and “heavy step” but it needed to be done. At the same time, the speaker did not specify when the document will be considered by the State Duma.
On April 21, “PV” became known that the deputies were preparing such a bill. However, the exact timing of the transfer of drug labeling was not known.
In his speech, Alexander Petrov announced several other important legislative initiatives. The first will touch on the centralization and verticalization of the management of the drug supply system: today it is “smeared between five federal agencies.”
The drug registration system will be revised. If the federal expert agency once issued comments on the drug and the manufacturer eliminated them, there should not be a second time. A situation should be excluded when these approvals occur countless times.
It is necessary to make the most of scientific advice from domestic pharmaceutical manufacturers, Petrov believes. “They, like blind kittens, come with complaints that they were again refused. We start to look – yes, there are errors, but the expert institution could fix them together with the manufacturer.”
The speaker urged Russians to use their right to a tax deduction for the purchase of medicines more actively.
“Those 15.6 thousand ruble, for which today you can buy medicines for yourself, your children, spouse and parents, and then get a tax deduction, is a transition to a system of drug reimbursement”, – the MP explained. “I appeal to everyone who hears me, go to the doctor, get a prescription – although the doctors have forgotten to prescribe them – buy drugs, save checks, file documents with the tax office. We need to run a big government financial reimbursement machine because by about 2023 we want to switch to a universal financial recovery system.”