Need for collective efforts to promote drug exports


Need for collective efforts to
promote drug exports

KARACHI: There is need for collective and meaningful efforts by Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to increase drug exports from Pakistan. This was stated by Chairman of National Assembly’s Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination; Khalid Hussain Magsi during his visit of Drug Testing Laboratory at Karachi recently. He visited the Drug Testing lab along with his colleague MNAs member of the standing committee and also addressed the office-bearers of DRAP and Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA).

During the meeting many important issues like review of retail prices of medicines, registration of medicines, and prevention of public sale of spurious drugs in the country were also highlighted.  The PPMA office-bearers informed the members of National Assembly’s Standing Committee that at present exports of medicines from India stood at 20 billion US Dollars annually while the volume of exports from Pakistan was Rs 190 million. They said that a joint committee of TDAP and DRAP should be constituted for boosting the efforts for promotion of drugs exports from Pakistan. They further stated that Drug Regulatory Authority was supposed to review and adopt new policies to ensure availability of quality drugs at affordable prices throughout the country.

The DRAP’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Muhammad Aslam said the pharmaceutical industry in Pakistan had been flourishing at a fast pace and there is much more scope for expansion. Currently about 700 licensed manufacturing units in the country are engaged in production of medicines of international standards. The major centre of production of spurious drugs was located somewhere in Northern Areas of the country while his authority had been making efforts to end the sale of such fake medicines from the market. He said the manufacturing units of Pakistan’s Pharmaceutical industry had been recently visited by the representative team of World Health Organization while the WHO’s team had expressed satisfaction over standards being maintained in production of drugs in the country. Acting Chairman of PPMA Mansoor Dilawar, Zonal Chairman of the association Dr. Qaiser Waheed, former chairman Zahid Saeed, Asad Shujjah and Khawaja Muhammad Asad were also present. (PR)