On September, 3rd 2013, the Ministry of Healthcare has released the project of the Federal law “On amendments to the Federal law “On circulation of medicines” and to the section 333.31.1 of the second part of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation”.
In July 2013, the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation has conducted a series of expert roundtables devoted to the discussion of the present draft law. During the roundtables, representatives of the pharmaceutical community had an opportunity to suggest amendments to the draft law proposed by the Ministry of Healthcare.
The process of the new draft law discussion was characterized as unprecedented both in regards to the volume of work done and the level of involvement of the professional community.
We would like to mark several major changes that might occur in case the last amendments to the law will be adopted:
This is far not the first draft of the federal law “On circulation of medicines” proposed by the Ministry of Healthcare during the last several years since its release in April, 2010. And even though some of the representatives of the pharmaceutical industry are still dissatisfied with the proposed changes, hope remains that the golden mean will be found soon and the process of medicines circulation as well as clinical trials conduct in Russia will become easier both for the Russian and foreign companies seeking opportunities on this specific market.