Speakers for ensuring access to quality medicines at affordable prices

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ISLAMABAD, Apr 15 (APP): Speakers on Monday stressed the need to ensure people access to safe, quality and efficacious medicines at affordable prices in the country.

Speaking at seminar on ‘drug prices in Pakistan: myth and reality’, organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), speakers said authorities concerned should also ensure earliest availability of best treatment opportunities for the people.

Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Dr. Nausheen Hamid said the federal government has taken strict action against pharmaceutical companies for unauthorized increase in the prices of medicines.

She said federal government has issued clear directions to Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) to take strict action against pharmaceutical companies selling medicines on exorbitant prices.

She said the authority has recommended registering of cases on overpriced medicines under the Drug Act, besides imposing heavy fines with recovery of overpriced amount.  She said cases would be registered against the companies on overpricing for recovery of the overpriced amount.

Chairperson, Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services Regulations and Coordination, Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh said concrete measures should be adopted to ensure supply of quality medicines on appropriate prices.

He said there was a need to thoroughly look into the matter of price increase of medicine in the market. He said the government should take strict action against those who were actually involved in overpricing of medicines.

 

Source: VNS Islamabad