The CPS is developing a bill requiring drug manufacturers to duplicate Braille information on the packaging and in the instructions, according to “Izvestia”. The Ministry of industry and trade, this idea is criticized, saying that such innovation can lead to higher prices of medicines.
On the development of a CPS bill, allowing you to tailor medications to people with visual impairments, said the Minister Anna Popova. “Display of Braille on medicines, the packaging and the liner is very important for people with low vision. When a person is alone in a room or at home, if he needs medication, he is completely unable to distinguish one bottle from another,” she explained.
Currently, in many countries, the duplication of Braille information on the packaging and in the instructions of drugs is mandatory. This rule was adopted in 2005 in the EU. In the United States and Canada, some companies do it voluntarily. In Russia, several manufacturers also voluntarily use Braille.
The Ministry of industry and trade of the Russian Federation said that details of the initiative of Rospotrebnadzor in their Department is unknown. However, focused attention on the fact that in any case this will lead to increased costs for pharmaceutical manufacturers and, consequently, higher prices for their products.
– They will have to pay for changes in the registration dossier, to purchase additional equipment to replace packaging that is not suitable for the use of Braille, it is possible to change the supplier of printing products. If these costs are simultaneous, they can be very noticeable for domestic pharmaceutical production, – consider in the Ministry of industry.
That the initiative of Rospotrebnadzora will lead to growth of drug prices, agreed and head of the Association of Russian pharmaceutical manufacturers Victor Dmitriev, however, he found it difficult to specify how much they will rise. But representatives of the pharmaceutical business believe that the rise in prices of medicines in this case, if it does, then only slightly.
– First, mass printing in the printing is inexpensive. Secondly, in Russia such experience as for export to some countries – such as Ukraine – we apply Braille on medication (there is mandatory labelling introduced in 2010), – said the Executive Director of the pharmaceutical company “Polysan” Eugene Kardash.
Representatives of the community of blind and visually impaired the idea of the CPS supported, but noted that Braille is not familiar to all people with disabilities. “They are owned by a few, – said the representative of the national society for the visually impaired in the Central Federal district Igor Levin, according to some estimates, only 10-15% of visually impaired”. According to the Chairman of the all-Russia society blind Alexander Neumyvakina, from 220 thousand members of the VOS Braille owned about 40 thousand persons, i.e. about 18%.
Previously, we reported that the head of Rospotrebnadzor Alla Popova said that there should be greater use of Braille for the blind informing consumers about different products and services. In her opinion, people with disabilities are consumers, like any other citizens of the country, and therefore it is necessary to develop rules to protect their interests. The CPS proposes to use Braille for labelling of medicines, menus in cafes and restaurants, etc.