Posts tagged as medicine

Latvia to buy new medicine for Covid-19 treatment

Monday, July 26, 2021

Latvia will purchase a new effective but expensive drug for the treatment of severely ill Covid-19 patients, Latvian Television reported July 24. The medicine is a monoclonal antibody preparation “REGN COV2”. This drug is very expensive. More than EUR 200 000 has been earmarked for its purchase to provide it to around 100 severely ill patients. The medicine would not be used as a common treatment of the infection, it would be…

Plant wonders: needles for medicine, construction, and more

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The economic importance of Latvia’s forests in the timber trade is well known, but a topical question is how to use the evergreen parts of trees. Pine and spruce needles offer a number of solutions in this respect. Needles have long been known as a cure for cough. However, scientists find more and more uses, for example, needles can also be used as thermal insulation materials for construction. Research on the chemical…

Medicine supplies in Estonia in crisis

Monday, December 9, 2019

The Estonian pharmacists association (EAL) says that availability of medicines is in crisis in Estonia. The EAL has appealed to pharmaceuticals wholesalers, their representative organizations and government agencies, saying that over 10 percent, or 331, of the over 3,000 medicines registered with the state agency of medicines (Raviamet) are at critical supply levels. “Medicine delivery difficulties are interfering with or hindering the treatment of tens of thousands of patients today,”…

Estonian minister emphasizes importance of developing personal medicine

Friday, October 4, 2019

Estonian Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik attended the European Health Forum Gastein, which is taking placing in Austria from Wednesday to Friday, and spoke about reducing inequality to improve the availability of healthcare services and the developments in personal medicine in Estonia. According to the minister, personal medicine opens up completely new possibilities for people to prevent diseases. “We have been consistently investing in the development of personal medicine…

Lithuania, Poland mull joining forces for negotiating smaller medicine prices

Saturday, November 24, 2018

In the agreement signed by Aurelijus Veryga and Lukasz Szumowski, the countries pledge to cooperate on the improvement of the healthcare systems in both countries and make services even more accessible for people. According to Veryga, the agreement is very necessary and long-awaited as it will allow getting better results, for example, letting the two countries to jointly negotiate medicine prices and to “ensure that people had to pay smaller…

Estonian Center Party planning to cut patient waiting times by half

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Estonian Center Party has listed gaining access to a medical specialist in no longer than four weeks and to a scheduled operation in four months as its main electoral promises in the field of health care. “The Center Party takes a firm stand in favor of solidarity-based health care system and national health insurance. We resolutely oppose attempts to dismantle it,” Jaak Aab, former minister of social affairs and…

Justice Ministry says Estonia’s medicines market should be liberalized

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Estonian Ministry of Justice finds that in order to increase competition, the medicines market should be liberalized to a significant degree, including by lifting the restriction on pharmacy ownership and the prohibition of vertical integration, allowing supermarkets to sell non-prescription drugs and replacing the obligation for pharmacy owners to operate pharmacies in rural areas with a subsidy arrangement. The restrictions set out in valid law, such as the prohibition…