Don't stockpile medicines, says authority

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The State Agency for Medicines (ZVA) said in a release March 23 that it recommends that residents do not stockpile medicinal products, a trend observed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

ZVA said that prescription medicines should only be bought and maintained so that the stock lasts one to three months, whereas over-the-counters should only be bought one package at a time.

Wholesalers of medicinal products regularly supply pharmacies and medical treatment institutions with medicinal products necessary for Latvian residents. 

At the same time, ZVA called on private individuals not to donate medicines to the Ukrainian population. Several charity organizations collect cash donations, which will serve to cover the costs of sending medicinal products from wholesalers in accordance with the procedures specified by law. There is a risk that if medicines are not properly stored and transported, for example at inappropriate temperatures, their use may cause very serious and life-threatening harm to human health, explained ZVA.

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