President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that inspections had revealed shortages of some medicines in Russian pharmacies.

Speaking at a meeting with government officials, he also said that the prices of some medicines had risen.

While prescription drugs are exempt from Western sanctions imposed over the war in Ukraine, their delivery to Russia has been hit by transport, insurance and customs hurdles caused by the war and other restrictive measures, industry figures say.

(Reporting by Reuters Editing by Gareth Jones)