Anticorruption and patients organizations accused the Committee on Public Health in politicization of medicines procurement process

Anticorruption and patients organizations accused the Committee on Public Health in politicization of medicines procurement process

Public, anticorruption and patients organizations called Olga Bohomolets and members of Committee on Public Health not to discredit the successful reform in the healthcare sector – procurements of medicines and vaccines through international organizations, and not to politicize it. That noted in the open appeal of CF “Patients of Ukraine”, CO “All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH”, NGO “Anti-Corruption Action Centre”, NGO “Reanimation Package of Reforms” and Transparency International Ukraine.

“Currently when procurement of medicines and vaccines through international organizations show its efficiency, we see manipulations, misrepresenting of facts and occasionally distorted truth by People’s Deputies of the relevant Committee. In any case the process of medicines procurement should not be politicized, because it affects Ukrainians’ lives,” said Alexandra Ustinova, a member of the “Anticorruption Action Centre”.

For example, activists drew attention to a false information on the procurement price of Alvotinib (INN – Imatinib) published by the relevant Committee. The Committee shears information that the wholesale price of this drug (declared in Ukraine) is UAH 82.67. But this is not true. According to the register of wholesale prices, one pill of this drug costs 10 times more expensive – UAH 820.67. Incidentally, an international organization procured Imatinib 400 mg more than 20 times cheaper than the Ministry of Health in 2014 and 10 times cheaper than the declared price in Ukraine.

Public representatives once again drew the attention of PDs to the economy in the amount of UAH 620 million, and to much lower prices got during medicines procurements (some medicines procured more than 20 times cheaper compared with the prices of the Ministry of Health 2014), destruction of corruption schemes during tenders and participation new players in tender process. It is also important to note that international organizations have procured over 67% of medicines directly from manufacturers. The detailed analysis of the procurement process through international organizations published in the report of the Anticorruption Action Centre.

“It is not a time to sow discord and spread artificial betrayal around the reforms carried by the Ministry of Health. We need to join the efforts of the Ministry of Health, People Deputies and public organizations for the common goal – to provide access for Ukrainian patients to a high quality treatment. Procurement reform – is a chance for Ukrainian patients to receive medicines without corruption,” stated Olga Stefanyshyna, executive director of the CF “Patients of Ukraine”.  Disruption and discreditation of the procurement process at the beginning of 2017 will lead to the situation when patients cannot receive needed medicines on time, and those politicians who are now trying to disrupt the process of medicines procurement should be ready to face with political responsibility for the patients’ lives”.

It is also worth noting that neighboring countries adopt successful experience of Ukraine in the procurement of medicines through international specialized organizations. Particularly, Moldova started the same procedure this year.

Contact person: Aliona Romanyuk +38 093 10 800 aliona.r@patients.org.ua

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