Before the price hike in February, the drug shortage started again. It was stated that because companies were waiting for a raise, vital drugs, especially cancer, were not given to pharmacies, and patients could not find their drugs. Pınar Şeker Özcan, President of the Istanbul Chamber of Pharmacists, stated that nearly 650 drugs could not be found in pharmacies and said, “While vital drugs such as cancer, antidepressants, blood pressure and sugar cannot be found due to the increase in the exchange rate of drugs in February, children often use pain relievers, fever reducers, colds. Medicines such as flu and flu are not available in stocks because the planning cannot be done adequately.” The increase in drugs will be reflected in the middle of February.
FLU INCREASED THIS YEAR
Özcan said, “Due to the pandemic last year, children were at home in these months, and there was no need for drugs as diseases such as flu and colds were less common. Companies made their plans for this year according to the figures of last year. But this year, schools were opened, measures were abandoned, cases among children increased. This time, there was a big difference between the medicine at hand and the need. In other words, the numbers in the production planning did not match those in the market. There are currently problems with pain relievers, antipyretics, cold and flu drugs used in children,” he said.
Reminding that the Euro was fixed at 4.57 TL in the pharmaceutical exchange rate, Özcan summarized the following: “Until February, the Euro exchange rate is calculated at 4.57, but the Euro is now over 11 liras. According to the demands of the pharmaceutical companies, the ministry will sit down and decide. What we want is this: In such cases, as all the components of the industry, we need to sit down and solve this issue together. It is important that the drug is accessible and that the price balance can be established. In the Pharmaceutical Price Decree, it is necessary to make an annual increase not all at once, but by dividing the same rate. In addition, we need to increase domestic medicine much more. When there are drugs that cannot be found, the citizen and the pharmacist come face to face.”
Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by www.cumhuriyet.com.tr.
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