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Punjab Drug Court seeks report from DRAP on Panadol shortage

LAHORE: Drug Court Chairman Rana Naveed sought a comprehensive report from Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) on the ongoing shortage of Panadol medicine in Lahore.

The case was heard on a petition filed by a citizen seeking legal action against the elements involved in artificial shortage of the medicine. As the hearing commenced, an additional director DRAP sought time to file a report on behalf of the authority.

He, however, stated that more than 40 million Panadol tablets were to be made this year and for this purpose raw material was provided to a pharma company for making more than 20 million Panadols but, unfortunately, the company only made 1.76 million Panadol.

A private company also furnished a report stating that this year the market faced shortage of 30 million tablets due sudden surge in dengue.

The petitioner argued that rampant increase in dengue patients had increased the demand of Panadol tablets but it was black marketers that actually had created artificial shortage which aggravated citizens’ sufferings. He prayed to the court to take action against the responsible.

The court adjourned the hearing till December 8 and directed DRAP to come up with a detailed report.

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