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Yelzhan Birtanov: Representatives of foreign pharmaceutical companies are brainwashing our doctors

by February 28, 2018 Market

Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov stated that foreign pharmaceutical companies and distributors are actively marketing their drugs.

“Unfortunately, they (distributors) often use unethical means, convincing and brainwashing our doctors that European drugs are better than Indian ones. Or that the Indian are better than the Kazakh ones. This must not happen. We are fully responsible for the safety and quality of all medicines registered in Kazakhstan, � Y. Birtanov said at the board of the Ministry of Healthcare.

The Minister also noted that in 2017 some vaccines were not procured in a number of regions of Kazakhstan.

Last year, some vaccines were not purchased in a number of regions. As a result, some categories of children were not fully vaccinated against Hepatitis A. This is one of the reasons for the outbreak of this disease. There is a certain problem, when we cannot purchase some drugs, especially vaccines, because the producers do not import to Kazakhstan for various reasons, � Yelzhan Birtanov said.

The Minister of Healthcare added that work on implementing measures to support domestic producers continues. He also noted that the Ministry and the State bear full responsibility for the quality of all medicines registered in the territory of Kazakhstan and imported through the official channel. Therefore, it is very important to work on promoting domestic brands among health workers and patients, � he said.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan