Health Ministry declares delivery of 72% of drugs bought through intl organizations

Health Ministry declares delivery of 72% of drugs bought through intl organizationsUkraine has already received 72% of drugs procured through international organizations, while medicines for treatment of orphan diseases, those for children, patients with viral hepatitis, children's hemophilia and tests for HIV/AIDS diagnostics are 100% supplied.

According to the press service of the ministry, Acting Health Minister Ulana Suprun said this at a briefing in Kyiv.

According to the report, the total number of purchased drugs increased by almost 55% despite a 13% reduction in state financing for certain treatment programs.

According to the Health Ministry, twice more manufacturers participated in bidding for 2016 state funds than a year earlier, including many Ukrainian companies.

The ministry stated a significant share of drugs was bought without intermediaries, from producers, for instance, 100% of medicines for treatment of orphan diseases were purchased directly.

"Drugs purchased through international organizations are of good quality, they are prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO)," the ministry said.

According to its data, currently UNDP has supplied 75% of the ordered products, while UNICEF 64%, Crown Agents 57%.

Suprun assured purchase of medicines for state funds through international organizations will continue in subsequent years.
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