MOSCOW, October 28 - RIA Novosti. Patients with coronavirus who are treated on an outpatient basis should receive a free "first aid kit" with antiviral drugs and vitamins C and D, said Boris Mendelevich, a member of the State Duma Health Protection Committee.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday held a meeting with members of the government via videoconference. The President said that the Cabinet discussed the issue of the availability of drugs for patients with COVID, it was decided to provide free drugs for mild patients who are treated on an outpatient basis. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova said that the regions must submit to the Ministry of Health and the Government of the Russian Federation information on the availability of drugs to combat coronavirus by October 30.
"The first problem that urgently needs to be addressed is the lack of medicines, in particular in pharmacy chains. I believe that it is necessary to monitor the situation with medicines at the federal level and it is desirable that two independent sources do this," Mendelevich told RIA Novosti.
According to the parliamentarian, it is necessary to build a clear logic for treating patients with coronavirus who are mild to moderately ill and treated at home.
"It may be necessary to form benefits for the treatment of coronavirus. For example, to create an outpatient supply of drugs that, according to a doctor's prescription, should be dispensed to patients with coronavirus free of charge. I would call it a kind of first-aid kit and propose to give it to infected COVID-19 free of charge," the deputy said.
He noted that vitamins C and D, antiviral and other drugs should be included in the first-aid kit.
The parliamentarian also added that the mechanism of interaction with primary health care has not yet been established. "That is, polyclinics cannot treat patients, for example, with moderate severity. As a result, hospitals are overloaded. And this is a critical point," the deputy said.
The latest data on the situation with COVID-19 in Russia and the world are presented on the stopkoronavirus.ru portal.