In the Ukraine and at the borders there is a lack of bandages, medicines such as antibiotics, insulin for diabetics and surgical material are scarce. Depending on the need, the aid packages are delivered to local doctors to look after the patients from Ukraine.
Hallein pharmaceutical wholesale assembles pallets
For this purpose, medical aid packages for the Ukraine were put together this week at the pharmaceutical company Jacoby in Hallein. The transport to the border and to the war zone is then organized by the organization Pharmacists Without Borders. “Orders for pharmacists without borders come in to us every day, today alone a total of six pallets are put together and taken to the collection point,” says Sonja Jacoby, Managing Director of Pharma Wholesale.
No leaflet in Ukrainian
However, there is no Ukrainian package insert with the medication. It is not possible to create a Ukrainian package leaflet in a short time, but every drug has an international non-proprietary name and it is uniform and known all over the world. As a result, doctors, pharmacists and specialist staff know each other,” says the chairwoman of Pharmacists Without Borders, Irina Schwabegger-Wager.
Constant temperature transport for medicines
For the transport of the vital medical products & special conditions are – so the medicines must be transported temperature-controlled and for the transport & pharmaceutical regulations are met.
Medicines also go directly to Ukraine
However, the medication deliveries are only made to local doctors: you and they are then assigned accordingly to the thousands of people who cross the borders every day. Deliveries are also made to Ukraine. “Pharmacists Without Borders mainly works with doctors and pharmacists and many of them are of Ukrainian background. Medicines have already been delivered to a general hospital and a children’s hospital in the Ukraine,” says Irina Schwabegger-Wager from Pharmacists Without Borders.
Fundraising campaign in the Salzburg pharmacies
The organization works with the Chambers of Pharmacists in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Money is being collected for this in the Salzburg pharmacies. In Salzburg, the organization is just getting started and 90 percent of the pharmacies are already involved,” says Margarete Olesko, pharmacist in Salzburg-Parsch.
More than 300,000 euros in donations have been received in Salzburg’s pharmacies in recent weeks. A third of the donations have already arrived in the form of medicine deliveries at the borders and in Ukraine.