Ban on advertising of over 300 medicines takes effect in Ukraine
An order of the Health Ministry of Ukraine (No. 876 on the approval of a list of medicine sold without prescriptions that are banned from being advertised) took effect in Ukraine on Dec. 10, 2012, the press service of the ministry has reported.
The ministry said that a total of 327 medicines are on the list, and that it mainly includes cold medicines and anesthetics.
According to the order, the ministry decided to put a medicine on the list if it is sold only under doctors' prescriptions, if it is for treating only children up to 12 years old, or if the medicine contains drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors.
The medicine could be put on the list if its application could cause addiction to the medicine, which is pointed out in the prescribing information, apart from medicine for external application.
The ministry also puts the medicine on the list if it is used to treat tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, specially dangerous infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other tumors, chronic insomnia, diabetes, obesity and impotence.
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