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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Duma explained the reasons of the scandal surrounding the law on the importation of foreign drugs

Adopted on 17 may in the second reading the State Duma a draft law on the new procedure for the import of hard drugs has provoked heated debate both in Internet and beyond.

photo: Natalia Muslinkina

The first reaction of many journalists and politicians became afraid: they suspected that prescribed in the bill the requirement necessary to have a doctor’s order (prescription) for the importation of such substances, means the emergence of the new ban and the inability to obtain necessary medication for many patients.

Thus, in particular, for a long time treated for cancer, the former Finance Minister of Russia Andrei Nechayev felt that the Parliament was “crazy” and “started to bring people real harm”, the political scientist Alexander Kynev has responded to the bill with the word “bastards”, the journalist Ekaterina Vinokurova said that “the state Duma has decided to kill us all”, etc.

Today, the leader of the “Party of growth” and the business Ombudsman of Russia Boris Titov said that his political force will require the Parliament and the President that the new bill was not passed.

Read about the reluctance of domestic companies to produce essential medicines.

Nevertheless, deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation noted that critics of the bill misunderstood its essence.

So, according to opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov, changing the rules of importation should have a positive impact on the lives of citizens, as earlier in Russia of unregistered medicines in principle, it was impossible to bring to Russia, regardless of the presence or absence of a prescription.

Gudkov recalled that at the moment any such importation is considered smuggling and is under article 226.1 of the criminal code, that happened because of hasty innovations in the legislation due to the need to ensure the functioning of the Customs Sousa.

It was after various cases of smuggling citizens appealed to the constitutional court, which decided the need to change the law that now makes the State Duma.

The MP said that the adopted bill is still “sloppy”, because requiring a notarized translation of the recipe is “insanity”, but the document, nevertheless, it still improves the situation, because otherwise citizens for the transportation of drugs would have to plant for up to 7 years.

I agree with Gudkov and the first Deputy Chairman of the state Duma Committee on health protection Nikolay Gerasimenko, also said that the bill is permissive and not prohibitive.

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