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February 1, 2023

HealthMin Rafila: There is no shortage of ibuprofen, paracetamol in Romania

Health Minister Alexandru Rafila said on Tuesday, after a meeting with pharmaceutical distributors, that there is no paracetamol or ibuprofen shortage in Romania, adding that a procedure will be established by which all pharmacies will be supplied with any available form of these drugs, regardless of the trade name.

“The conclusion is that there is no shortage of paracetamol or ibuprofen. At the moment, compared with other countries, Romania is not facing such problems as there are pharmaceutical companies manufacturing both substances here in our country that can be used in adults and in children,” said Rafila.

He added that there will be a final meeting with the big pharmaceutical distributors to establish the procedure by which the pharmacies will be supplied with paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Rafila said the meeting did not talk about the prices of medicines, adding that price discussions began on Monday and more measures will be proposed to the government moving forward.

He mentioned that there is a price policy working group operating in Romania.

Asked about the dissatisfaction of the European pharmaceutical distributors with Romania’s suspension of the export of the two drugs, Rafila said: “It is our point of view.”

“I have seen several comments myself, I don’t want to get into any kind of politics, but one of the motivations is that one of the molecules is not exported. If it is not exported, it means that nobody is affected, so it seems to me the comments could have been better made,” said Rafila, according to Agerpres.

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