Islamabad, July Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar has said major reforms introduced in drug regulation over the last few years have helped improve Pakistani pharmaceutical exports.
She was addressing a pharmaceutical export seminar in Islamabad on Friday.
She said it is the first time that bar codes are being introduced for all medicine packs as per the international standards which will give a major boost to the country’s exports.
She said it will not only help in availability of quality drugs to ailing patients but also eradicate the menace of spurious drugs.
She pointed out that a series of training workshops has been organized to enhance the capacity of drug regulatory authority.
“We believe that National Pharmaceutical industry is the collateral partner with DRAP and M/o NHRS&C in achieving its targets and effectively coping the major medicine needs of domestic as well as exporting quality products to about 40 countries. Although we inherited many problems but present government has addressed major hurdles and obstacles while coping with numerous other adverse challenges”, she said.
The minister said that she was also aware that industry is still facing some problems in some of the areas but DRAP and Ministry on NHS,R&C is aware of these issues and hopefully these will be resolved on priority.
“As far as pharmaceutical exports are concern, I still recall that PPMA approached me about an year back with a long list of demands on the matters related to export and we held series of meeting with DRAP and Alhamdulillah these issue has been resolved”, she added.