Syria’s pharmaceutical markets are witnessing “chaos,” according to observers, as corrupted medication, whether expired or smuggled from abroad, floods the market as medicine stocks continue to dwindle in the country.
The pharmacy union in Damascus attributed the reason for the lack of some medicines to, “the rise in production costs because of the increase in the prices of petroleum products and production inputs like glass and cardboard, as well as the difficulty of securing basic items as a result of the unjust economic blockade, and the increase of prices of basic items because of the rise in the exchange rate of the dollar.”
Media close to the regime on Saturday quoted pharmacy union chairman in Damascus Mahmoud Hassan al-Hassan as saying: “A number of factories and medical labs have been hit by armed terrorist groups in several provinces and a number of them fall in hotspots and unsafe areas, and so it has made it hard to transport medicine between the provinces and throttled the export process. These are all reasons behind the shortfall and absence of some drugs.”
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