PPMA urges Govt. to make arrangement to lift Pharma Raw Material from China


PPMA urges Govt. to make arrangement 
to lift Pharma Raw Material from China

KARACHI: We are distracted in other peoples work and not concentrating on what we should do. The world is closing down and DRAP is not realizing that there will be acute shortage of API and other raw materials. Already the packing materials shipments are on hold from China. India has already stopped export of raw materials. An urgent pharmaceutical support policy is needed instead of wasting time on corona control measures which is a public health issue well taken care of by NIH. DRAP need to listen to PPMA request and act as it is already too late. This was stated by Dr. Kaiser Waheed, Former Chairman Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) while addressing a press conference along with Syed Farooq Bukhari and Mr. Toqeer Ul Haq at Karachi press Club her on 18th March, 2020.

Dr. Sheikh Kaiser Waheed alongwith Syed Farooq Bukhari and Mr.Tauqeer 
ul Haq addressing a press conference in Karachi recently.

Dr. Kaiser Waheed further said that State and government institutions should ensure provision of raw material to the pharmaceutical industry for uninterrupted manufacturing of medicines to treat the patients of Coronavirus and other epidemics in the country. Government should arrange special operation of cargo planes to China for emergency airlifting of the raw material required for the medicines’ manufacturing in Pakistan. He demanded that the US Dollar-Rupee parity should be fixed at Rs 155 for all the consignments being imported for the normal functioning of the pharmaceutical industry in the country. Government agencies should ensure that clearance process of all the consignments of the pharmaceutical industry at all stages should continue round-the-clock while all the relevant institutions should also work for expediting clearance of the goods related to drug manufacturers. He urged the federal government to withdraw levy of all duties, sales tax, and surcharges on clearance of goods at the shipping ports of the country. He said that interest cost on the bank loans obtained by the pharmaceutical industry should be waived for a period of three months starting from 15th March, 2020.

Syed Farooq Bukhari said that it is our national duty and we will do our best to ensure availability of essential medicines required in the country to deal with the Coronavirus health emergency but for this the industry required best of assistance from the relevant state and government institutions. Apart from the continuous production to its fullest capacity, the pharmaceutical industry of the country was also ready to provide whatever assistance the government required from it to fight against the Coronavirus outbreak in the country. Pharma Industry would also continue with their best practices in the arena of drug research and development so to play its due role in the national efforts being rendered to counter the current health emergency due to the viral outbreak.