Metropolitan Hilarion advises the congregation to drink the hawthorn and believes that the conditions for import substitution of drugs in Russia is not

Moscow. May 7. INTERFAX – the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk does not recommend the Russians to abandon Western medicine and go to hawthorn.

“I would not give this advice to his parishioners. I don’t think this initiative was successful. In order for import substitution to fully work, you have to create the conditions for this. Such conditions we have no, this is clearly stated by the health Ministry”, – he said in the program “Church and world” on the channel “Russia-24”.

The Metropolitan noted that import substitution requires a very long, big job: “we need to produce medicines that we have and our drug market is very much now dependent on Western supplies”.

Metropolitan Hilarion also believes that it is necessary to consider also the following: drugs drugs are different.

“It so happens that some American drug has on the patient, and the domestic counterpart for some reason does not work or works differently. It so happens that people for many years already tied to specific samples of Western medicines, and they will not be able to move on to other drugs without compromising their health or even their life,” he said.

The Hierarch noted another circumstance to keep in mind: when pharmaceutical companies buy drugs from abroad, they buy in bulk.

“For example, some Russian company American or Western companies suddenly say: we are now going to take 19 medicines, but only three that we need, and the rest of us don’t need. So, in this case a Western company can easily say that in this case, we are just not interested to cooperate with you, we these medications will sell to China or to Cambodia,” explained the situation of the Orthodox Bishop.

In his opinion, the decision to import substitution should be carefully considered, weighed and prepared, and in this case, this preparation was not.