In an effort to encourage pharmacies to offer clients the cheapest suitable medication, pharmacies in Lithuania will be put under the obligation of issuing a certain amount of cheapest drugs.
Medicine
© DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

"Agreements between territorial patients' funds and pharmacies envisage a possibility to issue a certain amount of the cheapest medication, this would promote more rational consumption and use of cheaper medication," Health Vice-Minister Kristina Garuolienė told a news conference on Monday morning.

Plans were also presented at the ministry to revise the existing scheme, which currently gives access to producers of pharmaceuticals to information about, for instance, discounts planned by competitors. Jūratė Sovienė, deputy chairperson of the Competition Council, said in late January the practice equaled cartel agreements.

Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga also pledged to review the requirements for drugs to be included in the list of medication compensated by the state.

A discussion at the President's Office in late January ended in a conclusion that the existing scheme of compensating for medication constituted artificial obstacles for access of cheaper and more efficient drugs to the national market.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

European Commission approves €385 million support for production of electricity from renewable sources in Lithuania

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a scheme to support electricity...

Klaipedos Nafta says not worried yet after Belarus stops fuel exports

Following the Belarusian oil product export monopoly's suspension of light oil product exports to...

Search for best startup begins: award that motivates to move forward

Last year, at the international start-up conference Startup Fair, “ Oxipit “, a start-up...

Government may provide extra EUR 400 mln for public-sector salaries

If a strategy for raising pay in the Lithuanian public sector is approved, almost 400 million...

Lithuania plans to deploy smart meters in public utility sector

The Lithuanian Energy Ministry expects to have in late June the results of a study into deploying a...