The situation on the medicines market in Ukraine is unacceptable and it poses a threat to the main principles of state policy aimed at protecting national interests and ensuring public safety and health. Therefore, on the instruction of the president, the National Security and Defense Council has worked out and prepared the relevant proposals to remedy the situation.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Andriy Kliuyev announced this on Tuesday, the council's press service reported, according to UKRINFORM.

"On the instruction of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has thoroughly studied the situation on the medicines market. It has been found that the situation in this area poses a direct threat to national security. Measures to remedy the situation have been worked out and respective proposals have been prepared for the Ukrainian president to take a decision," the council's press service quoted Kliuyev as saying.

He said that it was necessary to protect the interests of individuals and minimize the level of threats in the medical sector.

"The main thing is to reduce the death rate and create the conditions in which Ukrainian citizens will be able to provide themselves with affordable and high-quality medicines. The state must ensure safe treatment, first and foremost, through the introduction of penalties for violating the rights and legal interests of citizens in the health sector," Kliuyev said.

He said that prices for medicines in retail exceed the purchase price by more than ten times, which is related to the presence of several intermediaries from producers to consumers. The quality of medicines that are imported to Ukraine in many cases does not meet international and national standards.

"The state must guarantee safe treatment, first and foremost, through the introduction of responsibility for violating the rights and legal interests of citizens in health care," Kliuyev said.
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