Govt to encourage manufacturers of good quality medicines: minister

LAHORE:Punjab Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir on Thursday said the government would

support and encourage the manufacturers of good quality medicines.

However, no margin would be given to the elements involved in manufacturing of unregistered, spurious or substandard medicines, he added.

He stated this while talking to a delegation of Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA), who called on him here. The delegation included Kh. Shahzeb Akram, Mohammad Aziz

Nagra, Tahir Alam and others. Additional Secretary Drug Wing Mohammad Suhail, Chief Drug Controller Dr. Munawar Hayat and other concerned officers of the department were also present in the meeting.

Kh. Imran Nazir said that pharmaceutical industry had a big role in the economy of the country and this industry was earning millions of dollars foreign exchange by exporting the medicines and thousands families were attached with this industry.

He said that he believed that no registered pharmaceutical unit was involved in manufacturing substandard or spurious drugs but issues of good manufacturing practices were very common and that problem should be resolved to ensure quality of the products.

He urged upon the PPMA to play effective role in digging out the such illegal manufacturing units which were involved in preparing substandard, unregistered and spurious drugs.

On this occasion, head of PPMA delegation Kh. Shahzeb Akram and other members apprised the Minister of the problems faced by the industry. They announced that they were standing with the government in the campaign to eradicate illegal business of spurious and substandard medicines from the province and extended full support to the government in this regard.

Kh. Imran Nazir revealed that uniform and strong policy should be evolved at country level against this heinous crime. He said that without launching vigorous campaign in all the provinces against spurious and substandard medicines, this illegal trade would not be eradicated completely.

The Minister assured the delegation to look into the demands and genuine problems of the industry would be resolved.