Russia does not intend to substitute 100% of all medical products. Some of them can be purchased from partner countries
We have a list of essential [medications, – Ed.] made up of 809 items. The Russian pharmaceutical industry is capable of producing about 80% of them. It is nearly 650 international unpatented medications. <…> Do we need to strive for replacing 100% of components? Probably, not a single country in the world is fully independent in everything. We can do some things on our own and other things we will do together with the Eurasian Economic Union countries or with our strategic partners — Victor Fisenko, First Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation.
Everyone perceives import substitution as catching up. I think we found a term that will be widely used, if our colleagues from the government would not mind. It is import independence. I think this term describes what we want to achieve better. However, can we [substitute, – Ed.] all the medications? No, not a single country in the world is capable of that. But are we isolated? No — Aleksandr Petrov, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Medicines, Development of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Industry of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for Health Protection.
Over the past two years, the share of imported medications our region [the Republic of Bashkortostan, – Ed.] purchased reached 55%. Our objective is to take it down to 50%. It means that now we cannot stop importing yet. As for medical equipment, in 2020 this share was 76%, with 64% in 2021. This year, our projected number is 57%. This is the level we have been able to reach so far — Andrei Nazarov, Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan.