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Medical Science


Kazakhstan intends to organize a system of year-round health promotion at schools. Head of the Ministry of Health and Social Development Tamara Duysenova announced the news on February 19, during the enlarged session dedicated to last year's results of the department and the challenges ahead. According to the Minister, in the years 2016-2019, the Densaulyk State Program for health promotion in Kazakhstan provides for transferring school health care to the competence of the national health care system rather than the education system.



Today, more and more residents of the republic of Kazakhstan refuse from vaccination. This tendency is a cause for concern among experts of the Ministry of Health and Social Development, which has developed a special road map to solve this problem. During the recent enlarged meeting of the board of the departmental, head of the Ministry Tamara Duysenova said, “It should be noted that in recent years the country has been witnessing a tendency: the number of refusals from vaccination increases. This may adversely affect the epidemiological situation in the country.”


Russia will allocate funds in the amount of $1.43 million for the budget of UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), in order to facilitate implementation of the project “Early Childhood Survival and Development in Tajikistan.” The news was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The main objective of this project is to increase access to basic health services of young children, infants and mothers in 12 districts of the republic.


The Kazakh city of Aktau (Mangystau province) witnessed the opening of the republic's first robot-aided pharmacy. As reported by the information center Mangystau Online, the project was supported financially by the company Astana Innovations. Director of the pharmacy PHARMA PLUS AKTAU Gulnar Musina reports, “Today Kazakhstan pays much attention to development of small and medium enterprises, and especially to introduction of innovative technologies in order to improve the quality and capacity of services provided to the population.


On January 5, 2016, the new edition of the law “On pharmaceutical activities and medicinal products” entered into force in Uzbekistan. The document was adopted by the lower house of parliament on October 2, 2015, then approved by the upper house on December 4, 2015, and finally signed by the President on January 4, 2016.


At the end of 2015, representatives of the pharmaceutical industry of Uzbekistan and Israel held a meeting to discuss the prospects for cooperation in this field. The Uzbek party was represented by Chairman of the National Company Uzpharmsanoat M. Dusmuratov, while the Israeli party was represented by I. Shrem (the Director General of Yaad Consulting and Management Services Ltd.), P. Tuval (the CEO of Evia), D. Oppenhaym and B.Goldvasser (the co-founders of the Assuta Hospital in Tel Aviv).



On January 5, 2016, a new version of the law “On pharmaceutical activity and drugs” entered into force in Uzbekistan. The document was adopted by the lower (legislative) chamber of the republic's parliament on October 2, and then approved by the upper house (the Senate) on December 4. Finally, on January 4, the law was signed by the President and published in local public media the following day, after which it came into force in accordance with the applicable law.



The national drug formulary has been drawn-up in Kazakhstan, as reported by Larisa Pak, the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on the Control of Pharmaceutical and Medical Activities under the Ministry of Health and Social Development, during a briefing at the Central Communications Office on December 28. She said, “Issues related to drug supply are issues of national security.


At present, only 20 percent of all medicines in the pharmaceutical market of Kazakhstan are of local production. The remaining 80 percent of the necessary medicines are imported from Russia and other countries. For example, next year, it is planned to purchase various drugs abroad totaling nearly KZT102 billion, as reported by CEO of SK-Pharmacy Maxim Kasatkin during the recent briefing at the Central Communications Office. According to him, “Unfortunately, the rest of medicines today have to be imported.”



In 2015, pharmaceutical companies of Uzbekistan set up production of 65 new types of medicines of 20 pharmaco-therapeutic groups, as reported by a representative of Uzpharmsanoat at a press conference in Tashkent. In his words, 16 of the new medicines are included in the Essential Drugs List. This year, the program of localization of drug production has included 31 project worth UZS325.8 billion and implemented by 19 pharmaceutical enterprises. The total 2015 pharmaceutical production is expected to reach UZS326.5 billion.