Ukraine may introduce long-term planning for the procurement of vaccines in 2018, Deputy head of the Healthcare Ministry of Ukraine Olha Stefanyshyna said.
“The term of vaccines manufacturing is at least 12 months, maybe even more. There is a worldwide shortage of vaccines now due to both the limited supply and to increased demand for vaccines.
Developed countries implement long-term planning for the procurement of vaccines. We are currently discussing such policy for Ukraine and we hope that in 2018 the country will introduce planning for the procurement of vaccines for several years ahead”, - she said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
Stefanyshyna pointed out the fact that such innovation may require changes to the Budget Code and expressed hope that lawmakers will support the idea.
“There is a political will for it. Now when we, fortunately, have vaccines in our country, we can order them up to three years in advance. Moreover, we must procure a supply of 25% of vaccines. In order to do that, it is required to change the legislation. There is political will for it from within the Healthcare Ministry, as well as from the Prime Minister. I hope members of Parliament will support us”, - she said.
According to the Deputy Head, currently the budget procurement of pharmaceuticals is heavily bureaucratized, and one of its biggest problems is the lack of a patient register and of an electronic system for monitoring of medicines.
“Even when I was working for a patient organization (“Patients of Ukraine”), we launched a website where a patient could find out whether or not a hospital has particular medicines he or she needs. I think it will happen in the nearest future. We will start with the largest healthcare institutions and gradually spread it across the region”, - she said.