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Karachi faces shortage of life-saving medicines

Karachi faces shortage of life-saving medicines

Karachi faces shortage of life-saving medicines

Medicine Prices Likely to Increase in Pakistan

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  • The life-saving drugs are being sold in black in markets.
  • The prices of insulin and other drugs have increased sharply.
  • Medicines for epilepsy patients are also missing from market.
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KARACHI: Karachi has been facing an acute shortage of life-saving medicines in the pharmaceutical market for several weeks which causing grave hardship for patients suffering from lethal diseases.

The life-saving drugs are being sold in black in the market of Karachi while the prices of insulin and other drugs have increased sharply. Medicines for epilepsy patients are also missing from the market.

President Wholesale Chemist Council of Pakistan Muhammad Atif Hanif Bilo blamed pharmaceutical companies and claimed that many of them have deliberately stopped the supply of life-saving drugs, especially insulin and medicines used for the treatment of epilepsy patients.

He said authorities concerned have failed to fix the prices of several life-saving drugs and companies are providing drugs at high rates to wholesalers.

It should be noted that the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) conducted a crackdown and imposed fines in various areas last month, despite the action of DRAP, the black sale of medicines continues.

Earlier, the registration board of DRAP approved the registration of five more insulin products.

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According to Health Minister Dr. Nadeem Jan, one product of heparin and flu vaccine has been approved by the board.

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He said that this initiative will further improve the supply of these medicines in the market and the process of registration of medicines is on fast track. He said all the necessary steps are being taken for the uninterrupted supply of life-saving medicines.

 

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