Uzbekistan meets bulk of its demand for medicine through import

Uzbekistan meets bulk of its demand in medicines through import, as was noted at the meeting devoted to the analysis of effectiveness of the ongoing work on development of pharmaceutical industry and defining urgent tasks for the future held under the chairmanship of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Trend reports, that currently, 74 percent of domestic demand is covered at the expense of imports despite the fact that domestic enterprises have been granted various privileges for production of import-substituting products for several years. More than half of 6,824 types of imported medicines can be produced in Uzbekistan, but this figure currently stands at only 27 percent. Medicines used in oncology, gynecology and dentistry are completely imported from abroad.

Last year, 1.6 billion conditional packages of medicines and medical products were produced, which is 34 percent more than in 2016. Also 71 investment projects were launched in the industry, 33 facilities worth $148 million were put into operation, 76 new products were produced.

However, Mirziyoyev stressed that the population of the country does not feel the results of reforms implemented in the sphere at all. He added that despite opportunities created by the state, still some problems remain unresolved in the industry.

"Most of local pharmaceutical companies do not use modern technologies, no attention is paid to production of medicinal substances," said Mirziyoyev. "Instead of switching to a full production cycle, enterprises are still engaged in importation from abroad and packaging of finished products."

Masaim Abdullayev,

“Khalq qazeti”

 


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