Aleksandr Apazov, the President of the Russian Pharmaceutical Association

Aleksandr Apazov
President, Russian Pharmaceutical Association

1939 - Born in Crimea region
1962 - Graduates, Pyatigorskiy Pharmaceutical Institute
1962 - Deputy Head, Rostov Pharmaceutical Administration
1973 - Head, Sverdlovsk Pharmaceutical Administration
1978 - Head, Main Pharmaceutical Directorate, USSR Ministry Of Health
1993 - President, Russian Pharmaceutical Association

The shortage and high price of essential medicines is becoming a big problem in Russia. Some are even describing it as a crisis, calling for the dismissal of the Health Minister, who is responsible for supplying medicine to the nation. The issue has recently sparked an angry debate across the country. President Putin himself has intervened, calling for a solution to the worsening situation regarding prescription drugs. But can the pharmaceutical market in Russia meet the demand? Aleksandr Apazov, the President of the Russian Pharmaceutical Association, is on Spotlight to tell us more.