Pharmaceutical organizations oppose planned price changes for medicines / Article

The call has been made by the Latvian Association of Pharmacists, the Association of Pharmacies, the Latvian National Association of Drug Supply, the Latvian Association of Pharmaceutical Care, the Latvian Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, the Latvian Association of Free Pharmacists, the Association of Small Pharmacies, the Latvian Association of Pharmacists and has been joined by clinical pharmacists.

The public organizations say that their objections have not been taken into account when developing the new price policy.

“There are well-founded concerns that if the new price system comes into force, many rural pharmacy branches will close and access to medicines for people in rural Latvia may be significantly limited. Pharmacies that close in sparsely populated areas are unlikely to reopen there,” say pharmacists.

According to them, the consequences could be a general deterioration of the population’s health and an increase in the number of advanced diseases.

The NGOs are calling a meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the potential risks and objections the industry has.

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