Russia will not introduce a ban on foreign medicines and medical equipment, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday at the forum of the All-Russia People’s Front dedicated to the healthcare sector.
"We have never said, we are not saying and we will not say that we will ban any foreign-made medicines or foreign-made equipment. No way!" Putin told the forum in downtown Moscow.
The Russian leader stressed the need to develop the production in the country "so that we have not only competitive generics but also develop and introduce our own formulas."
The president noted that excellent specialists and the whole scientific teams now work at many Russian pharmaceutical enterprises and are able to "suggest these newest formulas and expand the list of medicines that we will produce in Russia."
Putin stressed that there is a need to "invest funds in the development of the national pharmaceutical industry." The state has launched this program but the problem will not be solved without the participation of businesses and the specialized community, he said.
"These federal funds are only for creating conditions and pushing the development of this business," the president said.
Putin regularly attends forums and conferences of the All-Russia People’s Front, whose establishment he initiated in 2011. Thus, in spring 2015, Putin spoke in St. Petersburg at an ONF media forum, and last November he spoke at another forum in Moscow.
First published by TASS.
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