Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina pay for the most expensive medicines in the region



The regulations on the drug market in Bosnia and Herzegovina are in the exclusive interest of wholesalers and retail pharmacy chains, and the consequence is that the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina pay for the most expensive drugs in the region.

He was warned by the non-governmental sector during a press conference in Banja Luka. The circulation of drugs in the market worth 750 million marks in BiH is not controlled by anyone, and the consequence is that the citizens of BiH pay for the most expensive drugs in the region, compared to Serbia , Montenegro and Croatia.

According to the non-governmental sector, only wholesalers and retail pharmacy chains in Bosnia and Herzegovina benefit. A pharmacy in Republika Srpska can earn 200 BAM for a drug worth one thousand marks, 250 BAM in FBiH, 180 BAM in Montenegro, 100 BAM in Croatia and only 15.60 marks in Serbia.

Representatives of the non-governmental sector held the BiH Medicines Agency to account, saying that the director of the agency had never sent a report on the work to the BiH Council of Ministers.

Also, the care of patients with atopic diseases in our country is not at a satisfactory level. In Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), medical trends on allergies and atopic dermatitis (a chronic skin disease) are not followed, and some procedures are not performed at all or are rarely performed (such as desensitization). In addition, patients with severe forms of the disease do not have access to biological drugs.

As Vildana Mujkic, president of the Association of Patients with Allergies, Asthma and Atopic Dermatitis (AAA) in Bosnia and Herzegovina points out in an interview for the Fena agency, there is no specialization in our country, such as pediatric dermatology, which would improve treatment practices. . It is for this reason that they started the AAA Congress and made efforts to bring new knowledge to our doctors.

“It is difficult to be an eczema patient during the corona period. Symptoms are often associated with stress, living conditions, inappropriate humidity and confined spaces. The biggest challenge is that these diseases are marginal in importance and that they affect the quality of life in general, ”she said.

She emphasizes that only a multidisciplinary approach to treatment can give adequate results.

“It is not uncommon for our patients to have mental health problems, for their self-confidence to be destroyed, for their cognitive abilities to be reduced during the most obvious symptoms, such as inhalation allergy, that is to say -to say. allergic rhinitis. Suffice it to say that in BiH there is no clinical psychologist who would be involved in the treatment, ”she said.

The AAA Patients Association, registered at BiH level, continuously works to educate patients and doctors, providing them with resources and access to the latest research in the field of atopic diseases.

“Namely, our organization, as a full member of several international patient associations, is really a source of information and instructions for treatment, but also for living with atopic diseases. During the pandemic, we are available to our members 24 hours a day, we organize webinars and try to answer all questions with the great support and help of our own, as well as doctors in the region and around the world. who have recognized our work and want to help the sick. We are continuing our activities, as co-organizers of the AAA Congress, but also as organizers of the school of atopy and asthma, ”she underlines.

As she says, they are especially proud of the AAA’s Second International Congress, which will be held online this year. The first two days will welcome more than 30 speakers and 400 doctors. She says the third day of Congress is only for patients who will get answers to questions that matter to them from prominent doctors.

Atopic diseases are allergic diseases that need IgE antibodies to develop. They often attack the nose, eyes, skin and lungs. They mainly concern asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis and allergies in general. An atopic is someone who generally has a hereditary tendency to produce IgE antibodies, which further increases the risk of some of the diseases mentioned.

Allergic reactions are common, almost everyone has an allergic reaction sometimes in their lifetime. Allergic diseases affect five to ten percent of the general population. They are more common among younger people, in developed countries, in the urban population and in economically better off families.

In BiH, the incidence of allergic rhinitis is estimated at seven to ten percent of the population and that of asthma at three to five percent. The presence is higher in children, writes BHRT.


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