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Russians are unable to buy aspirin, paracetamol, and other basic drugs because of official bungle

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d579 (Published 27 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d579
  1. Andrew Osborn
  1. 1Moscow

Russian consumers are unable to obtain hundreds of types of basic drugs, tablets, and pharmaceutical products in their local chemist because of a bureaucratic snag.

The problem concerns the country’s government approved list of 522 pharmaceutical products officially classified as “essential for life.”

The government regulates the prices of the products on the list to keep them affordable for most of the population. It also guarantees that all state medical institutions will stock them.

But the prices and names of the products on the list …

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