Latvia lifts ban on ordering medication from abroad

On Tuesday the Cabinet of Ministers lifted restrictions for receiving personal-use medication by mail, reported Latvian Radio.

The received medication will be--presumably if seized by customs--handed out in exchange for a prescription or a document issued by a health care facility.

Health Minister Anda Čakša said that "there are specific diseases for which no drugs are available in Latvia, or for which there are analog medications that are cheaper, so lifting the restrictions will ensure a more accessible health care to Latvian patients."

The regulation changes were brought about by one Valija Miezīte, who had ordered expensive drugs from India but could not receive them.

Having heard about her case, President Raimonds Vējonis wrote to Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, asking to lift the restrictions.

Of course the ban still applies to illicit drugs.

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