Crackdown on unregistered medicine launched; doctors may also come under the scope
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of Health, Aamer Mehmood Kiyani has advised Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) to take strict action against counterfeit and smuggled medicine available in the country. "The menace of unregistered, counterfeit and smuggled medicine will be eradicated from the country so that quality assured and safe medicine are provided to the public," the minister said. An official said affairs of doctors would also be looked into, as most doctors would prescribe anything for their commission. The official said doctors were the primary reason of higher marketing and distribution costs for the pharmaceutical companies, because these doctors were minting around 20% of the medicine price as commission/bribe for prescribing the drugs. The official informed that the respective medical associations were unable to enforce a code of conduct on the doctors. Asim Rauf, Chief Executive Officer, DRAP told that use of unregistered or smuggled drugs may lead to harmful effects and DRAP will not allow manufacturing and sale of these drugs in the country. Cases have been registered against culprits and any person found involved in activities in contravention to DRAP Act 2012, and Drug Act 1976 will be dealt according to law. Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) conducted raids throughout the country and booked elements involved in manufacturing and sale of unregistered, counterfeit and smuggled medicines.[the_ad id="31605"]The activity was performed in coordination and Federal Inspectors of Drugs were directed to take strict action against the culprits involved in such heinous crime.