Syria: Single state-owned pharmaceutical factory running on limited resources

The only Syrian state-owned factory producing medicine urgently needs more operational space, the director of the plant Nakhid Andur told to media in the town of Al-Malihah on Wednesday. At the moment the factory is only able to produce a few groups of antibiotics, after militants reportedly destroyed a large part of the plant's equipment. At its full capacity, the factory is able to... Еще manufacture more than 140 different types of medicines. Before the war the factory employed 1,300 people, now it employs just 400. «Our main problem now is the fact that there is not enough room to work. We cannot install equipment necessary for the production of drugs,» explained Andur. Since the war began in 2011, international economic sanctions have made it difficult for companies to enter the Syrian market and to offer their products for sale, leading to shortages in many sectors of the economy, including in the pharmaceutical sector.

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