Support The Moscow Times!

Russia Extends Approved Drug List After Painkiller Shortages

Russia has ruled to increase the number of drugs allowed to be used in the country's pain-relief medication, a statement on the government’s website announced Monday.

The planned move hopes to ease patients' access to painkillers. Other proposed changes will see a revision to dosing guidelines, new approaches to the pain treatment and simplifying the drugs prescribing procedure.

Cancer patients in Moscow have faced shortages of certain medications including painkillers, the Kommersant newspaper reported last month. More expensive drugs have been in particularly short supply, even when prescribed by a doctor.

Moscow's Health Department are yet to comment on the changes.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.