According to Ryazan 'Memorial', the Soviet district court of Ryazan ordered the Ministry of Health of the region to provide three seriously ill girls with rare medicine "Sabril", unregistered in Russia.
The court took the side of Olga Surova, Elena Makhonova and Yulia Alatova — their daughters needed Sabril to reduce the frequency of attacks of an incurable disease. The court took into account the threat to the health of children and demanded the ministry to begin the procedure for purchasing the medicine immediately after the decision, without waiting for its entry into legal force.
‘Such a decision of the court is a great victory for the parents,' the lawyer of the Ryazan 'Memorial' Pyotr Ivanov, who represented their interests in court, commented on the court's decision. 'But the decision is important for the Ryazan region, and for Russia as a whole. For a long time, the Ministry of Health ignored the law and refused to admit that these children had the right for free Sabril. We hope that now seriously ill people who are medically prescribed by medicine unregistered in Russia will be able to receive it on time in accordance with the lawful procedure, and not spend several months on prosecutors and courts, as in this case.'
November 30, 2016 mothers of ill children filed a complaint to the prosecutor's office demanding the Ministry of Health to assign Sabril for free. Before this, officials found the reasons not to provide a medicine several times.
According to the law, medicine unregistered in Russia should be provided free of charge if they are prescribed by council of physicians in critical situations and if replacement of the medicine with analogs is impossible. Parents of ill children provided these documents to the Ministry of Health in advance.
Daniil Kuznetsov, «7x7»