Regions within two weeks should establish the requirement quantity of medicines to be procured at the expense of local and state budgets for the year 2018 in accordance with Nezperce, reported the press service of the Ministry of health of Ukraine.

“Having this number, we get a clear understanding of how many drugs we can buy for the treatment of people not from the new list of essential medicines”, – the press service quoted the words of Deputy Minister of health Roman Ilyka.

As reported, on September 18, the Ministry of health has approved a list of specialists in the regions responsible for the formation needs of medical institutions in the procurement of medicines.

16 March 2017, the Cabinet approved a new national list of essential medicines, as well as a number of changes in some normative legal acts, under which the medical institutions financed at the state or local budget, from 1 September 2017 were to purchase the products solely from Nezperce .

In addition, from 1 September was to enter into force the rule that free of charge or on preferential terms to patients by prescription was dispensed medicines included in the list.

Several public organizations opposed the bill because the updated new edition of the list includes a number of essential for some categories of patients drugs.

In turn the Cabinet on 23 August decided to postpone the date of entry into force of the relevant standards from 1 September 2017 1 January 2018. Thus in the present text of the decision is not made public.