Iranian Drug Stores Experience Difficulties in Ordering New Medicines
As State Welfare Organization of Iran has failed to pay its debts to local drug stores in Iran, many of pharmacies are unable to order new drugs since they have lost their spending power.
Almost half of Iranians are currently using the insurance services offered by State Welfare Organization. This insurance also includes medical services. During the recent months, the Welfare Organization has not paid its debts to local drug stores, and this has made numerous problems for pharmacies. Saeed Mortazavi, the CEO of Welfare Organization, had previously promised to address this issue.
Accordingly, the prices of different types of medicines have been increased dramatically in Iran. “Commercial companies, which are responsible for importing and disturbing medicines in country, are refusing to provide the necessary medicines to local drug stores. Actually a large number of pharmacies cannot pay their debts on time, so they have lost their reputations.” Ali Mashhadi, a manager of a local drug store in Tehran, informed the Herald Boy.
“On the other hand, Interior Ministry has set high tax rates for drug stores. These elements have hardened conditions for the operations of pharmacies in Iran.” Mashhadi added.
Few months ago, Iranian government promised to allocate a certain amount of budget to local drug stores in country. However, the current crisis of medicine is still going in Iran. As the Western governments have imposed several rounds of sanctions on Islamic Republic, Iranian private companies are unable to import new medicines to the country for domestic usage.