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Instruction for receiving free medicines by IDPs
Instruction for receiving free medicines by IDPs Photo courtesy of farmaciavicario.com

In April 2017, the Government Program "Available Medicines” came into force. Now IDPs can take the recipe in a hospital, go to a drugstore and get free medicines or with an additional payment.

What does the program provide for?

The program provides for the full or partial reimbursement of the cost of medicines specified in Register of Medicines.

For each medicinal product it is necessary to have a separate prescription, which is issued not under the commercial name, but on the basis of the name of the active substance of medicines (second column in the Register).

It is free to get the ones that are the cheapest and involved in the program. Other medicines based on the same active ingredient, but more expensive, can be obtained with an additional charge.

Who can use the program?

People who suffer from cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, bronchial asthma and are on an outpatient treatment can take advantage of the program.

How to participate in the program?

To participate in the program, you need:

  • Turn to a doctor;
  • Get a recipe showing the active ingredient. The prescription period is 30 calendar days from the date of its issue. See the example of a correctly filled recipe here;
  • To apply to the pharmacy participating in the program, the list is constantly updated on website of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine;
  • Get the chosen medication for free or with a partial surcharge.

If the pharmacy does not have the necessary medicines, you can wait for them to arrive, go to another pharmacy or choose a different brand and pay the difference.

More information about the program can be found on website of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, or by calling the Government "hotline" 15-45.

Check out the map of drugstores-partners of the "Available Drugs" program all over Ukraine here.

The procedure for implementing this program is determined by Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine "On the Availability of Medicinal Products" dated March 17, 2017, No. 152.

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