The Lebanese are looking for medicine..The internal industry is extremely reliable

The Lebanese society is shaking up the dilemma of lifting subsidies on medicine, but despite the difficulty of what is happening in this field, this step may be a door to strengthening the Lebanese pharmaceutical industry.

“End, you will die.” With this phrase, Mrs. Merlin (68 years old) begins her talk with “Lebanon 24”, a phrase that summarizes the reality of her situation and the situation of many like her, with her intermittent tears and her many groans, she thinks she bears the pain of mountains, and in fact, she bears nothing but the concern of searching for the axioms of rights that talk about in developed countries has become forgotten.

Merlin says: “I live off the compensation of my husband, who worked a lot for a pound before he died, and until a few days ago, things were stable and everything was going fairly normally. The monthly amount that I receive (1 million and 200 thousand Lebanese pounds) is enough for me to buy my monthly medicines and my daily sustenance, But after the price of the medicine was raised, I was unable to buy my medicines.”

And she adds: “I need two boxes of medicine every month to treat pressure problems, and the box, which cost 14,500 pounds, has become 170,000 pounds, and I also need 3 boxes of medicine to reduce blood sugar. Previously, the price of one box was 13,500, but today it is 68 thousand.” pound. Also, I need two boxes of cholesterol medicine monthly, the price of each of which has become 145,000 liras, after it was 19,000 liras.

So, in a quick arithmetic process, it becomes clear that Mrs. Merlin needed 119,000 Lebanese pounds per month to secure her various medications, but today she needs 736,000 pounds, or more than half of her monthly pension.

Solutions are available

A major crisis that Merlin summarized in her quick and simple speech, the lifting of drug subsidies made their prices skyrocket, exceeding 70%, and this put the citizen in front of a new deficit and a new dilemma related to his treatment and health.

But the truth is contrary to the opinion of a large segment of the Lebanese, despite the importance of imported medicines and far from the struggle of monopolies, mafias and the famous “cartels” in the world of drug importation, it is necessary to look at the internal reality and the pharmaceutical industry in Lebanon, which flourished about two years ago, i.e. after The great scarcity of foreign currencies suffered by the Central Bank.

In this regard, he confirms to“Lebanon 24” One of the owners of pharmaceutical factories in Lebanon said, “The local drug industry is going according to the rules and at a scientific and excellent pace.

Today, we have 12 laboratories, 9 of which manufacture medicines and 3 that provide the country’s full need of vaccines, and therefore we can talk about covering the 20 most important therapeutic categories present in Lebanon, which is approximately 47% of the volume of the general therapeutic market (drugs for chronic diseases inclusive).”

He added: “This reality requires those concerned, especially the ministries of industry and health, to seriously launch research to support and strengthen this sector so that it can meet the market’s needs by one hundred percent.”

Doctors recommend the use of “Generic”

“Generic” or what is known as the alternative medicine is medicines manufactured in Lebanese laboratories with many different names, but they contain the same ingredients from which the main medicine was made, meaning that they provide a guaranteed result, according to what the specialist in cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Karam Karam, confirmed.

Karam who spoke to “Lebanon 24”He saw that “in light of the current drug crisis, it is necessary to move towards the local industry, which we trust very greatly, especially since we own more than one pharmaceutical factory that respects the rules and conditions of international quality in production, with an emphasis on the need to strengthen the oversight role of the Ministry of Health, which prompts To more professionalism and professionalism in the world of pharmaceutical industry in Lebanon.

Karam believes that “talking about a lack of confidence in alternative medicines is unscientific and unacceptable, as the local industry provides alternatives at very acceptable prices for various chronic and non-chronic diseases, so we have to move away from the stereotypes that have been drawn for more than one reason about (generic) drugs, and we also have to know. What we produce internally from these medicines is not at all similar to what is produced by some neighboring countries, some of which may raise a number of question marks.”

Mixing papers in pharmacies

In the context of the current medicine crisis, Rami, the owner of a pharmacy in Beirut, says, “We started about 6 months ago to adopt a good group of locally manufactured medicines, and this accreditation is based on the principle of demand, as the medical prescriptions that we have recently received, most of them include medicines from the industry. Lebanese.

Therefore, what we want to say is that, as pharmacies owners, we do not prefer foreign medicine over local medicine, but rather adhere to the medical prescriptions that we receive from specialists.”

He asserts that “the demand for alternative medicines will increase rapidly due to the current crisis, and this will enhance their presence, quality and ability to compete.”

Rami concludes, “We had hoped that there would be a set of plans that would push the Lebanese pharmaceutical industry forward instead of pushing the crisis to occupy the largest area in our pharmacies.”


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