Medicine prices go up 8% in Sverdlovsk Region

6 March 2015 (09:13)

March 6, 2015. The cost of life-saving medications at Sverdlovsk Region’s pharmacies rose by 4.3% since the start of the year, while other drugs became 7.9% more expensive, Governor of Sverdlovsk Region’s Information Policy Department refers to Health Minister Arkadiy Belyavsky as saying.

‘An analysis of local prices indicates that these grew most for the least expensive medications in the under-fifty-rubles range. For example, the price of the widely popular antibacterial drug ceftriaxone rose from 17.25 RUR to 21.1 RUR per bottle (up 12.3%); the maximum retail price for the medicine was set at 37.63 RUR, and it hasn’t been reached yet. We have seen no unreasonable price increases so far,’ Belyavsky stressed.

According to the minister, pharmacies record such signs of an economic crisis as growing demand for flu medicines, customers’ displeasure at seeing the price of medicines outside the life-saving range go up, and suppliers insisting on being paid sooner than before.

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