The rule of “the third wheel” may in part go back to the past

Ministry of health proposed not to extend the rule of “the third wheel” for state procurement of drugs that can be purchased under trade names. The Ministry also proposes to limit the operation of the principle in the case of purchase of drugs by the decision of the medical Commission for a particular patient, writes “Kommersant”.

The Ministry of health has prepared a draft government resolution on behalf of the Prime Minister following the meeting on 14 February to discuss the problems of drug provision of patients with cancer. Relevant patient organisations then complained about the disruption of supply by domestic producers and on the quality of their products. Enter the gostorg unscrupulous suppliers and manufacturers, in their opinion, contributed to the rule “the third wheel”, which from 2015 prohibits the customers to buy goods from the foreign manufacturer, if the auction there are two domestic.

Although the government has established rules of forming the list of drugs that can be purchased under trade names, in 2017, the list of drugs never showed up. Recently, the Ministry of health has released draft amendments to the rules of its formation. Patient organizations believe that if the list still appears, the rejection of “Ted” will help patients to obtain necessary medications.

Due to the partial rejection of the use of the rules of the “third wheel” in the opinion of the Chairman of the Union “Assistance to patients with cystic fibrosis” Irene of Myasnikovo, some foreign companies may re-appear the interest in the Russian market, which in turn will solve the problem of the lack of certain medicines in the country.

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