National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal took notice of the unprecedented increase in the prices of medicines and directed to investigate the alleged corruption in Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).
According to a NAB spokesman, he said the abrupt increase of up to 300 percent in the prices had taken essential medicines out of the reach of the common man. On the other hand Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the relevant authorities to bring down prices of drugs after consultation with all the stakeholders, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan said after a cabinet meeting.
“The additional amount charged by the pharmaceutical companies will be recovered by the government and deposited with the Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal and utilised to provide free treatment to poor patients suffering from various diseases,” she said.
“The prime minister has directed cabinet members to introduce policies in the public interest and improve their performances in order to resolve the issues faced by the people,” Awan said. “The premier has already assigned targets to his economic team led by Adviser on Finance Dr Hafeez Sheikh in order to create a people-friendly budget.”
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