Employees of the Health Ministry were summoned for questioning in the frameworks of proceedings in case of supplies of medicine for children with rare diseases. At the same time, the Ministry stated that they cooperate with the investigation. They are also concerned that the proceedings may restrict the access of the patients to the medicine, as the latest shall be seized. Ukraine’s Health Ministry reported that on their official Facebook page.
The questionings shall be performed in the case of supplies of Anakinra – medicine for children with rare forms of primary immune deficiency diseases.
“For the first time ever these medicines were centrally procured, funded by the government, thus they were free for the patients. The medicine was delivered to Ukraine in October and was deposited for storage to the state enterprise Ukrvaccina. After that the batch of 952 doses was distributed and delivered to Ivano-Frankivsk and Poltava regions to the patients who are in need of these medicines according to the data of the health departments of these regions,” the Ministry states.
In November, the Investigation Division of the Chief Department of the National Police in Kyiv began a criminal proceeding in these supplies. The Health Ministry gave them access to the documents to hold the pre-trial investigation. The seizure of the documents was conducted at the state enterprises, and at the recipients at the regional level.
“Ukraine’s Health Ministry is concerned that the criminal case may restrict the access of the patients to the life-saving treatment due to the seizure of the medicine which had already been delivered. Actually, the future procurement of the medicine is also under threat. Obstructing patients from access to the treatment puts their health and lives under threat. The United Nations Development Programme has also expressed their concern about the possible deprivation of children with rare diseases to the medicine,” reads the message.