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100% import substitution is impossible in Russian pharmaceutical industry, says trade group

At the XIV Interregional forum ‘Healthcare and resort medicine,’ which started on April 25 in Yessentuki, Russia, there was a Medicines Import substitution round-table discussion.

Viktor Dmitriev, chief executive of the Association of Russian Pharmaceutical Manufactures (ARPM), as the moderator spoke about the issues of medical import substitution and quality control in producing Russian medicines.

He stated that 100% import substitution in a pharmaceutical industry is impossible because of the absence of Russian equipment facilities which match with modern standards. Even those companies which talk about the full-cycle of medicines manufacturing use import equipment. Unfortunately, we will be technologically dependent for a long time, he pointed out.

Representatives of the French pharmaceutical companies Sanofi (Euronext: SAN) and Servier talked about the localization of manufactures in Russia. Currently products from the plants located in Moscow and Orel are supplied not only to the Russian market, but also to other countries. This is a great example of “Pharma-2020” strategy realization, the representatives of the round-table discussion noticed.

While discussing the issue of personnel training for the industry, the speakers emphasized on the professional standards and competence. “This year, the first time we have to pass an attestation,” Mr Dmitriev said, adding: “We have to have a tight cooperation with medical education institutions, Healthcare authorities and business representatives. I'm sure the graduates of 2017 will find themselves in various departments which control different stages of life-cycle and production of medicines.”

During the all history of the annual ‘Healthcare and resort medicine’ forum, it was a significant event for the professional healthcare employees. The main goal is to unite the healthcare community to aid and develop the Russian healthcare system.


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