Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination has decided to take strict action against unauthorized increase in prices of some medicines by pharmaceutical companies.
According to an official of the National Health Ministry, the decision was taken after complaints about increase of drugs prices by some elements in pharma industry, beyond the approved maximum retail prices by the government. Meanwhile, Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Aamir Mehmood Kiani has also directed to start a crackdown against pharmaceutical companies for increasing the prices of medicines against the approved prices.
“Though the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) deals with the matter, being [a] government [representative] I consider myself responsible to provide relief to [the] masses and answerable to them. I am personally looking into the matter and would not tolerate illegal and unauthorised increase in the prices of medicines,” the minister said while talking to local media.
“Some of the pharmaceutical companies have been allowed to increase the prices but it is learnt that some others have increased it by themselves. I will not spare them, as patients suffer because of it. Moreover we have decided to introduce an online facility through which people would be able to verify the prices of medicines.”
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