Both parallel importers and parallel exporters are committed to reduce the incidence of medicines shortages problem and improve the access to these key pharmaceuticals. Several initiatives have been undertaken by our members to help patients to get the medicines they need via parallel imports.
One great example is the online platform created by the Bulgarian Association for Medicines Parallel Trade Development. This platform receives signals from patients who are not able to find a medicine they need, and within 24h the association let you know if the product is available, in which pharmacy and, if the product cannot be found in any pharmacy but a wholesaler has stock of it, they will bring it to the patient. If the product has been withdrawn in Bulgaria, they will recommend the patient to go back to the doctor to ask for an alternative treatment and ask the authorities if an emergency parallel import can be arranged. This project has won several awards, including the “Business in Support of a Cause” given by the Federation Bulgarian Patient Forum.