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Prices of 89 medicines to be reduced by 15 percent

ISLAMABAD: In order to provide relief to the people, Federal Cabinet, that met here today, has decided to reduce prices of eighty-nine medicines, including life-saving drugs, by fifteen percent with immediate effect.

PM’s Special Assistant on Health Zafar Mirza said the prices had been decreased under Medicine Pricing Policy 2018. He said the Prime Minister had directed to review medicine policy within two months.

Zafar Mirza stated that National Medicine Policy was being prepared under which pharmaceutical sector would be regularized.

Govt set to announce National Medicine Policy in November

RAWALPINDI: Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Dr Zafar Mirza has stated that National Medicine Policy to be announced in November. 

Addressing a seminar here today he said in the meeting representatives of pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders from all four provinces participated and they had prepared an outline on the constitution of country’s medicine policy. 

Special Assistant on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said soon the pharmaceutical sector would witness revolutionary changes.

Govt introduces computerize system for ensuring quality medicines

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary on Health Dr. Nosheen Hamid Monday said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was striving hard to improve healthcare facilities to masses with introducing computerize system for ensuring provision of quality medicines.

The Parliamentary Secretary, in an interview, said health ministry would soon launch an online portal for the public through which people would be able to verify prices of medicines.

She said minister for health have already announced to take strict action against the companies who sell medicines on high rates.

However, injustice with the poor citizens would not be tolerated, she added.

She said the pharmaceutical companies involved in illegal and authorized hike in prices of medicine were also fined and barred from producing medicines until further orders.

She said as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, health sector was being given top priority and work had been expedited to bring improvement in it.

PTI government would utilize all available resources for improvement of health sector, she said adding, which was neglected in past governments.

She also said the PML-N government was responsible for the increase in the prices of medicines, saying that the cabinet of former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had approved the drug policy under which the prices were increased.

She further said reforms in health sector were need of the hour and it would be introduced soon with the commitment of incumbent government.

The Minister said the government was taking revolutionary steps in health sector and their fruits would be appeared soon.

“No society can progress without spending on health of poor masses”, she added.

Nosheen Hamid said health ministry was strictly checking the prices of medicines and 395 medicines prices were order to reduce.

To a question she said, they were formulating a policy where we can export our medicines to other develop countries for more investment in health sector.

She said for quality check of medicines in pharmacy and other medical stores they have also introduced a mechanism.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.