Pharma in­dus­try should search global av­enues

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari on Mon­day urged the na­tional phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try to ac­quire in­ter­na­tional stan­dards of qual­ity con­trol and make the la­bel " Made in Pak­istan" a sym­bol of pride for the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing a sign­ing cer­e­mony here at the Ai­wan-e-Sadr to make the Drug Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity Bill into a law, the Pres­i­dent said that the act would en­sure avail­abil­ity of safe and qual­ity med­i­cal ser­vices at af­ford­able prices to the peo­ple.He said that the law would help pre­vent the sale of fake, sub-stan­dard and non­reg­is­tered medicines and stop hoard­ing by cre­at­ing an au­ton­o­mous drug reg­u­la­tory author­ity.

The Pres­i­dent gave his assent to the bill at the spe­cial cer­e­mony, which was at­tended among oth­ers by Min­is­ter for Na­tional Reg­u­la­tions and Ser­vices Dr. Fir­dous Ashiq Awan, fed­eral cab­i­net mem­bers, par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies.

Pres­i­dent Zar­dari said that Sha­heed Zul­fikar Ali Bhutto pro­mul­gated the first Drug Act of 1976. The credit goes to this coali­tion gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish for first time the Drug Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (DRA) in the coun­try like the de­vel­oped coun­tries, he added.He said that the DRA would en­sure pro­tec­tion of the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple and the pharma in­dus­try. He said that the in­dus­try had grown over the past decades and now it was time to take the next step in the tech­nol­ogy. The Pres­i­dent stressed the need to broaden base for re­search and de­vel­op­ment and said that bio-tech­nol­ogy was the engine of growth of the present cen­tury.

"Our pharma in­dus­try needs to har­ness this tech­nol­ogy and the academia needs to work closely with the in­dus­try to en­sure timely in­fu­sion of re­lated knowl­edge." He stressed on the pharma in­dus­try to fo­cus on ac­quir­ing in­ter­na­tional stan­dards of qual­ity con­trol and called for adopt­ing cor­po­rate cul­ture within the reg­u­la­tory sys­tem. The Pres­i­dent called for ex­pand­ing the scope of pharma ex­ports and mak­ing new ad­vance­ments in the area.

He con­grat­u­lated the Par­lia­ment and all po­lit­i­cal par­ties and said that the unan­i­mous adoption of the Drug Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity Bill was a sign of wis­dom and ma­tu­rity of the Par­lia­ment and all po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

He said that all the pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies and gov­ern­ments de­served to be com­mended for agree­ing to per­mit the fed­er­a­tion make the im­por­tant leg­is­la­tion for the ben­e­fit of all. It is a mea­sure of their po­lit­i­cal ma­tu­rity, he added.

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