Pakistan Chemists & Druggists Association (PCDA), in a letter sent to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Ministers of four provinces, has requested for removal of hurdles in the supplies of healthcare and pharmaceuticals products as it has received a number of complaints from its members including chemists, online pharmacies, distributors, importers and manufacturers throughout the country during the lockdown.
Chairman PCDA, Khalid Saeed said local distributors face enormous difficulties as law enforcement agencies do not allow the movement of pharmaceuticals through courier companies. Although importers and manufacturers also face inter-provincial difficulties due to lack of transportation services and even courier service providers have not been able to function well due to severe unofficial restrictions imposed by the placing authorities lockdown implementation.
This situation of unnecessary restrictions would affect the supplies of healthcare and pharmaceutical supplies badly, resulting in the severe shortages of the health-related products, he added.
He asked the federal and provincial governments to take swift action to ensure a smooth supply of health products and drugs in the city and across the country and to obtain authorization from carriers and couriers to collect and deliver health and pharmaceutical products.
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