April 16, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman held a working meeting on ensuring the supply of
drugs for children with cancer and the cost of medicines in pharmacies.
The meeting was
attended by First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of
Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional
Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii
Zubko, Vice Prime Minister
of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko, as
well as representatives of the Health Ministry of Ukraine and the Finance Ministry
The meeting noted
that the problem arose because of inadequate monitoring of the situation and lack
of coordinated actions of the Ministries, as well as identified immediate steps
by which hospitals would begin to receive the necessary drugs within the next
few days. Volodymyr
Groisman instructed to inform him daily on the state of
solving the problem.
Minister also instructed the Health Ministry of Ukraine and the Finance Ministry
of Ukraine to establish a mechanism and work out the schedule of the supply of
medicines in hospitals in order to prevent the occurrence of delays in the
discussed the issue of high medicine cost for the population. Cost
of some medicines in Ukraine differs several times from the prices in neighboring
European countries. "Unfortunately,
people often die because they simply cannot buy necessary medicines,"
noted Volodymyr Groysman. The
Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the Ministry of
Health of Ukraine should make specific suggestions on the issue within a week.