The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved the registration of two more drugs – Tocilizumab and Remedesivir – on a priority basis.
According to details, DRAP has issued an official circular to concerned agencies and organisations.
On the other hand
The federal government has warned that strict action will be taken against overpricing or black marketing of life-saving drugs used by Covid-19 patients.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza said the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has been ordered to ensure the availability of medicines used to control the virus.
He said Tocilizumab (Actemra) and Remedesivir injections used for coronavirus patients will be distributed to critically ill patients.
The special assistant said the public should inform DRAP on 0800-03727 if they have been overcharged for injections.
Earlier DRAP approved Pakistan’s First COVID-19 Testing Kit.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has announced that Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved country’s first COVID testing kit.
He announced on his twitter that:
Another landmark achieved…. DRAP has approved Pakistan first COVID testing kit, Congratulations to @Official_NUST and our brilliant scientists …you people have made us proud … this ll bring significant cost reduction of COVID tests also ll save huge import bill
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) June 12, 2020
COVID-19 Cases in Pakistan
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Pakistan has soared to 148925 with 2839 recorded deaths.
According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 2028 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours. However, 55 more deaths reported in the country.