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Government suggests allowing medication without Lithuanian packaging to hospitals

VILNIUS – Lithuania's government suggests that hospitals should be allowed to receive medication with non-Lithuanian packaging, according to amendments to the Pharmacy Law submitted to the parliament.

According to the proposed changes, personal health care facilities can be supplied with registered medication in packaging in other Latin-alphabet languages of the European Economic Area.

The Health Ministry, the author of the amendments, say the permit would be an efficient way of reducing medication prices, as the Lithuanian medication market is small, and production of Lithuanian-language packaging pulls up medication production costs and consequently medication prices.

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