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The impact of the war on maintenance of long-term therapies in Ukraine

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Uppsala Universitet ,Uppsala ,Sweden
Khanyk, Nataliia;
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Danylo Halytsky Lviv ,National Medical University ,Lviv ,Ukraine
Hromovyk, Bohdan;
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Danylo Halytsky Lviv ,National Medical University ,Lviv ,Ukraine
Levytska, Oksana;
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Syreon Research Institute ,Budapest ,Hungary
Agh, Tamas;
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Uppsala Universitet ,Uppsala ,Sweden
Wettermark, Björn;
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Department of Family Medicine ,Medication Adherence Research Centre ,Medical University of Lodz ,Lodz ,Poland
Kardas, Przemyslaw

Due to the Russian invasion, which started on 24 February 2022, the Ukrainian healthcare system is facing multiple challenges. A great number of healthcare facilities have been destroyed, while availability of other ones is often limited due to a lack of qualified medical staff. Certain services, e.g. cancer therapies, have been seriously disrupted. Moreover, millions of Ukrainians with chronic conditions are also suffering as due to war-related problems with execution of their long-term therapies. Availability of drugs is particularly limited in the occupied regions. According to the national statistics, as of 18 August 2022, about 505 pharmacies were damaged in Eastern Ukraine and 47 completely ruined. Moreover, the invaders have been blocking humanitarian aid provided to these territories by the Ukrainian government or other countries. Fortunately, in the areas controlled by the Government of Ukraine, the acute shortage of medicines, observed at the beginning of the war, has already been eliminated. Nevertheless, not all drugs are now fully available, even in the areas where no military attacks occur. The economic availability of drugs is also profoundly influenced by the significant increase in the cost of medications and the fall in average salaries. The Government of Ukraine is trying to minimise the impact of these war-related challenges by adopting a new legislation. This includes, among others, simplification of procedures for licensing, quality control and import of medicinal products to Ukraine. Other measures involve securing displaced people with the option of benefiting from local healthcare facilities, broadening the scope of the ePrescription system, authorizing primary care doctors to issue prescriptions to refugees, increasing the number of drugs reimbursed for long-term therapies, etc. These solutions, however, cannot balance all the harmful consequences the war in Ukraine brings in terms of maintenance of long-term therapies. Therefore, in order to minimise this negative impact, Ukraine still needs urgent international support in this area.

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