General pediatricians in Georgia will only be able to prescribe generic drugs to their patients, without specifying a drug brand, starting next month, Georgian Health Minister Zurab Azarashvili said on Sunday.
In an interview with the Imedi TV channel, Azarashvili said the decision was aimed at providing citizens with freedom of choice when it comes to medicines and was part of an effort to create a “well-regulated and transparent pharmaceutical market” in the world. country.
He also stressed the importance of not prescribing “biased or excessive amounts” of drugs, saying the ministry had drawn up an action plan to do so.
The news about generic drugs comes after the country imported drugs from Turkey-based producers, which led to a reduction in the prices of the drugs most in demand. A digital prescription system has also been operating since March 1, Azarashvili noting that it would facilitate “better regulation” of the market.
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced last week that general drug prices in the local Georgian market had been reduced by 60-80% following the import of drugs from Turkey, adding that products such as cardiovascular drugs had decreased from 220 GEL (around $68/€61) to 48 GEL (around $14/€13).
Garibashvili announced his team’s initiative to ensure a reduction in general pharmaceutical prices for citizens at the end of last year, citing the huge discrepancy between the cost of drugs produced under good manufacturing practices on the Turkish market and in Georgia.