On 8 December, 2011 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine removed Draft Law No 7007 on Advertising Ban of Medicines from the Parliament agenda.
Background: On 21 July 2010 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered the Draft Law No 7007 on amending certain legislative acts in the field of health care (to strengthen control over the turnover of medical drugs, special dietary foods, functional foods and additives) (hereinafter – Draft Law No 7007). The Draft Law No 7007 bans any advertising of medicines in Ukraine, including those that can be sold without prior prescription, known as over-the-counter drugs.
On 21 December 2010 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine took it as a basis in its first reading.
During the years 2010 and 2011, EBA Health Care Committee paid a special attention to this issue and addressed its official position to Tetiana Bakhteeva, Head of the State Health Care Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Volodymyr Lytvyn, Head of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Mr Ambassador José Manuel Pinto Teixeira, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, Oleksiy Kostusev, Head of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.
The EBA stressed that medicines advertising ban not in line with the best European practices and doesn’t resolve health care-related problems. The Association also focused on this concern in a series of press releases, articles and TV stories, which received extended media coverage. Specialised press conference with the participation of patient service organisations was among of the events devoted to the drugs advertising concern.
On 7 November 2011 EBA Health Care Committee had a meeting with Oleksandr Anischenko, Minister of Health of Ukraine, Oleksiy Solovyov, Head of State Service on Medical Drugs and Valeriy Stetsiv, Head of Pharmaceutical Sector Development Department of Ministry of Health, and discussed the inexpediency of еру ban on medical drugs advertising.
We are happy to share this success with our members who have been waiting for the solution of the medical drugs advertising ban’s issue.