On Wednesday, 2 December, on the website of the government of the Russian Federation, a decree was published prohibiting state procurement of foreign drugs that have Russian counterparts.
The decree was adopted under the so-called «anti-crisis plan», including the need to develop domestic production of medicines.
Prohibition does not apply to procurement from the member States of the Eurasian economic Union (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia).
In the decree it is underlined that the resolution applies only to government procurement.
According to reports in the Russian media that refer to the head of the Ministry of industrial trade Denis Manturov, the ban on government purchases of foreign medicines includes 608 drugs, of which 282 — drugs that have multiple manufacturers.
The regulation will enter into force seven days after the prescription.