Russian officials have banned the sale of Durex condoms, saying the British company's contraceptives aren't registered properly in the Russian Federation.
Mikhail Murashko, the head of the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor), told reporters today that the company's lack of proper registration in Russia means its products can't be sold legally in the country. To return to the Russian market, Durex must submit to technical, toxicological, and other tests, Murashko explained. “They either have to register as a new company, or make changes to their existing practices. The company is required to observe the law. This isn't the first time this has happened, but this case affects lots of people, so it's big news,” Murashko added.
Russian health officials say there's no danger of a condom deficit. Murashko says there are more than 60 kinds of condoms registered in the country, “so there won't be any [supply] interruptions.” “This is just one of the brands,” he said.
Since May 2016, there have been reports throughout Russia of Durex condoms disappearing from shelves.