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UKRAINE’S HEALTH MINISTRY PAYS FOR TRANSPLANT SURGERIES IN 2020

The Health Ministry of Ukraine has paid for transplant surgeries that will be held in 2020, reads a statement on the ministry’s website.
According to the statement, the ministry transferred the payments to ten participants of the pilot project for organ transplantation whose applications were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on December 18, 2019.
The money was allocated from the national budget for 2019. As soon as the first tranche is spent, another one will be transferred from the national budget for 2020.
As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers extended the pilot project for organ transplantation for 2020.
All medical institutions that have a license to provide organ transplantation services were included in the list of participants in the pilot project.
In addition, the government approved the tariffs for transplantation of organs and other anatomic materials: kidney allotransplantation (from living or deceased donor) will cost UAH 323,798; ABO incompatible kidney allotransplantation – UAH 721,230; heart or heart-lung transplant – UAH 535,280; full-size or partial liver transplant – UAH 855,039; donor nephrectomy – UAH 33,561; donor liver resection – UAH 116,130; organ recovery from deceased donor – UAH 74,086; donor tissue matching (antigen testing via the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method) – UAH 18,630; allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant, including cell recovery stage – UAH 1.36 million; autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant, including cell recovery stage – UAH 1.308 million.
The government also allowed using the funds to pay for hematopoietic stem cell transplant from abroad, as well as making prepayments for transplant services and use the funds remaining from 2019 in 2020.

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UKRAINIAN HEALTH MINISTRY FOR ONE YEAR RESCHEDULING OF PILOT PROJECT ON 2D CODING OF MEDICINES

Health Ministry of Ukraine has initiated rescheduling of a pilot project on 2D coding (the special QR code on packages) of medicine packages, acting Health Minister Ulana Suprun said at a press conference on Wednesday. “Due to the need to bring 2D coding into line with the EU requirements, we will initiate amendments into the government’s decree, which envisaged the launch of a pilot project from September 1, 2019. Producers and government agencies were not ready for this,” she said.
According to Suprun, profile associations backed rescheduling of the project, in particular because Economic Development and Trade Ministry failed to work out the procedures for introduction of this system.
Director General of Health Ministry’s Pharmaceutical Directorate Oleksandr Komarida has reported that the required amendments now are being drafted for the respective government’s decree and by the end of the week they will be put for a public discussion.
According to Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Manufacturers of Innovative Medicines Vitaliy Hordiyenko, the amendments will affect the content of the information that will be encoded.
He noted that at present production sites of foreign manufacturers had necessary equipment for applying coding, however, it is not used for medicines manufactured for Ukraine, since manufacturers do not know what information the code should contain.
As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved a pilot project on introduction of 2D control marking and monitoring of medicines, which is part of the Concept for the Implementation of the State Policy for Prevention of Medication Falsification.
As expected, the project to be fulfilled from September 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.

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HEALTH MINISTRY HOPES TO FULLY LAUNCH TRANSPLANT SURGERY IN UKRAINE BY LATE 2019

Ukraine’s Health Ministry hopes to fully launch the transplant surgery system by the end of 2019, acting Health Minister Ulana Suprun has said.
“By the middle of 2019 we would be able to make more bone marrow transplant surgeries, and before 2020 the organ transplant system will start operating,” she said on Channel 5 TV.
As reported, some activists and lawmakers expressed fears that all transplant surgery in Ukraine may be suspended from January 1, 2019, as the current law on transplant surgery will expire. The new law on human organs donation adopted in 2018 is to take effect on January 1 and it foresees the functioning of public transplantation register. At present, these registers have not yet been created.

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HEALTH MINISTRY OF UKRAINE COULD DESIGN PLAN TO RESUME NATIONAL VACCINE PRODUCTION BY LATE 2018

The Health Ministry of Ukraine could design an action plan to resume national production of immunobiological preparations and approve it by the end of 2018. According to the draft resolution of the government on the approval of the strategy for the development of the National Program for Immunological Prophylaxis and Protection of the Population from Vaccine-Controlled Infections until 2022 and the plan for its implementation, posted on the website of the Health Ministry, proposals for the resumption of production can be developed and approved in the third quarter.
Together with the Health Ministry, the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, the Finance Ministry, the National Academy of Medical Sciences will also be involved in the designing of the plan.
If the strategy and the plan for its implementation are adopted this year, the ministry will also audit the legislation on registration and re-registration of immunobiological preparations and in the first quarter of 2019, following the audit, will prepare changes to the relevant procedures and submit them for approval by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
In addition, in 2018, the issue of limiting the access of unvaccinated children (in accordance with the vaccination schedule) to groups of children will be resolved, and the vaccination will be revised to optimize the vaccination calendar, storage, transportation and registration of immunobiological preparations.
The plan provides for the improvement of the system for the procurement of serums, antitoxins, introduction of incentives for health workers for increasing the level of vaccination, as well as a number of measures to build awareness of the value of immunization among the population and health workers, and the improvement of the surveillance system for vaccine-preventable infections.

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UKRAINIAN HEALTH MINISTRY: TWO MLN UKRAINIANS SIGN DECLARATIONS WITH DOCTORS AS PART ‘DOCTOR FOR EACH FAMILY’ CAMPAIGN

Two million patients have signed declarations with doctors over the first month of the campaign for choosing a primary care physician, titled “Doctor for Each Family,” the press service of the Ukrainian Health Ministry has reported. The most active are patients from Kharkiv region, where 230,600 declarations were signed, Kyiv region (225,000), Vinnytsia region (over 186,000), as well as Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk regions (177,700 and 168,000 respectively).
A total of 1,245 medical institutions providing primary health care have currently been connected to the e-health system. As many as 19,000 doctors can sign declarations with patients. A thousand doctors joined the system last week. According to the report, 73% of patients have already signed declarations with primary care physicians, 15% with therapists, and 12% with pediatricians. Ukrainians at the age of 40-64 years are most actively choosing doctors.

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