HIV patients in the Moscow region have complained about the shortage of medicines, Kommersant newspaper reported on Friday.
According to patients registered with the Moscow region center for the prevention and fight against AIDS, even children and pregnant women have been refused the necessary treatment.
One of the patients Kommersant said that in the past two months, she was forced to buy half of the medicines they need out of pocket. Her daughter is also given to the Russian analogue drugs to replace expensive foreign medicine took place previously.
Another patient had not received her medication for two months and she had to buy all the same drugs.
Some people gave up taking drugs altogether because of the shortage, said one of the patients newspaper.
Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the Federal Center for AIDS Control, based in Moscow, the Moscow Times said on Friday a temporary termination of treatment may have consequences, but not advisable.
Pokrovsky attributes the shortage to the changes in the purchase of medicines that have been implemented for several years.
In 85 Russian regions, and are buying medicines through auctions. In order to cover the treatment of a greater number of people, the Ministry of Health put very low prices.
Pokrovsky said any company that wants to sell products at these prices, and this leads to unrest.
For the same reason, it has been replaced by more expensive HIV medications through the cheapest versions, which some patients claim to be ineffective and have side effects undesirable.
In the past year, the number of patients infected with the HIV positive were registered in Russia, the lack of one million with 93,000 new cases – the highest level in history. However, experts estimate that the real number of people living with HIV in Russia may be closer to 1.5 million.
Russian Ministry of Health has warned that the epidemic of HIV may be out of control by 2020 if it is not expanded treatment. To fight the growing epidemic, Russia has moved to allocate an additional amount of $ 300 million from the federal budget for this year.
Pokrovsky said, however, it was only a quarter of patients with HIV are receiving medications that state-funded from the beginning of the year.
He said he only increase in funding and further measures aimed at reducing the cost of treating one patient can improve the situation. The problem is that Russia’s budget is strained because of lower oil prices and Western sanctions.
Meanwhile, a report issued by the Russian Institute of Strategic Research, said the Kremlin-backed released last May and the current epidemic of HIV in Russia is the result of the use of condoms on a large scale and the lack of commitment to traditional values.
Durex condoms, which consists of a quarter of the male condom sales in the country, and banned in Russia last week on the basis of the business is a decent recording.
At the same time, the pace of the epidemic in Russia is not slowing down.
Pokrovsky said this year is expected to more than 100,000 new cases.