Govt. al­lo­cates $500m to phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try

Tehran Times - - SOCIETY -

TEHRAN — The gov­ern­ment has al­lot­ted a to­tal bud­get of $500 mil­lion from the Na­tional Devel­op­ment Fund to the coun­try’s phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try which will be pro­vided within the cur­rent week (end­ing on Novem­ber 9), an of­fi­cial with the Plan­ning and Bud­get Or­ga­ni­za­tion has an­nounced.

Some 97 per­cent of the whole medicine con­sumed in the coun­try is pro­duced do­mes­ti­cally and only 3 per­cent is im­ported, there­fore the bud­get must sup­port the do­mes­tic medicine in­dus­try, IRNA quoted Saeed Na­maki as say­ing on Sun­day.

So, some $500 mil­lion has been ear­marked to the medicine in­dus­try to in­crease pro­duc­tion in ad­di­tion to erad­i­cat­ing prob­lem fac­ing the in­dus­try, he added.

It is planned that the bud­get will be mostly spent on phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try, how­ever, we are also con­sid­er­ing to al­lot some of the bud­get to in­surance com­pa­nies as well, he fur­ther stated.

Else­where in his re­marks, re­fer­ring to the bud­get al­lo­cated to the pa­tients suf­fer­ing spe­cial dis­eases such as mul­ti­ple sclero­sis, kid­ney fail­ure and epi­der­mol­y­sis bul­losa, he said that this year, some 2 tril­lion ri­als (nearly $48 mil­lion) have been ear­marked to the spe­cial dis­eases, half of which has been pro­vided dur­ing the first six months of the year (March 21- Septem­ber 22).

Next year, the bud­get will be con­sid­ered to in­crease mostly due to the num­ber of pa­tients and the pop­u­la­tion cov­ered by the in­surance, he con­cluded.

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