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Romania’s HealthMin Bodog asks EU counterparts to convene urgently to stop parallel export of drugs

Romania’s Health Minister Florian Bodog has asked for an urgent convention of his European Union counterparts to stop the practice of parallel export of drugs, the Romanian Ministry of Health informed in a press statement on Tuesday.

As a result of alarm signals over the possible withdrawal of medicines from the Romanian market, the minister of health has sent a letter to his counterparts from Estonia (the country holding the rotating half-year presidency of the EU Council) at the end of last week, calling for an urgent convention of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council to identify and apply solutions leading to the elimination of parallel drug exports.

This year, the Romanian Ministry of Health has taken several legal measures to prevent the export of very important medicines for Romanian patients, and to block the export of vaccines and of several medicines provided for under national health programmes.

The ministry also underlines the need for a fundamental change in European rules on trade in medicinal drugs so that the interest of patients and their rights truly take precedence over commercial interests.

“Romania is firmly supporting, through its representatives, the overhaul of the European regulations in the field of medicines. The parallel export phenomenon is currently legal, being related to the principle of free movement of goods in the community space, but its effects are endangering citizens’ access to the medicinal drugs they need. Romania will not accept the interest of the Romanian patient being affected by commercial practices that do not respect or reflect in fact the European values and moral principles.”

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