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Expanding the vitamin-D market

During the Covid 19 pandemic, health experts concluded that people in Latvia have a severe deficiency of vitamin D in the body, which is much more dangerous due to Covid-19 infection. The doctor’s conclusion and recommendation for people is to use vitamin D more regularly so that the body has sufficient amounts. This is an important factor in helping a person to fight Covid-19.

There are a lot of vitamins D on the market as food supplements, but quite a few vitamins D as medicines. Patients’ access to these medicines is limited by the fact that some of these medicines are prescription medicines. In many countries of the European Union, vitamin D is available as a medicine in pharmacies without the need for a doctor’s prescription. This makes it easier for people to access vitamin D as a medicine. This is critical in the current pandemic.

There are a lot of vitamins D on the market as food supplements, but quite a few vitamins D as medicines. Patients’ access to these medicines is limited by the fact that some of these medicines are prescription medicines. In many countries of the European Union, vitamin D is available as a medicine in pharmacies without the need for a doctor’s prescription.

First, information was gathered in the form of an expert-level presentation of why it would be appropriate for vitamin D to be available as a medicine without a prescription. We summarized the results of studies from several countries that justify the safe use of vitamin D. Vitamin D as a food supplement is also packaged by various manufacturers in very small doses and these products have very little health benefits, while vitamins D as medicines contain vitamin D, which the human body is able to absorb evenly and gradually. Such an expert-level presentation served as a basic tool for us in communication with the responsible officials of state institutions. We involved leading doctors and pharmacists in this communication. In the communication plan, we also included organizing an expert seminar for a narrow circle of experts, involving the relevant representatives of state institutions.

During the preparation of the project, we had to go deep into the Latvian and European Union regulations on the procedure for registration of medicines.

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