SHC direct Sindh govt to float fresh tender for hepatitis vaccine

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday directed the provincial government to float afresh tender for procurement of hepatitis vaccine.

A single bench, comprising Justice Mohammad Shafi Siddiqui, announced its verdict on two applications of the local pharmaceutical companies, declaring the tender process for procurement of the medicine as discriminatory and illegal.

Earlier on March 06, the judge had reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from all parties at length. The local pharmaceutical companies approached court, pleading to it to declare the tender process for purchase of medicines worth Rs 250 million as violative of the Constitution of Pakistan and the SPPRA rules.

Counsel for the applicants submitted that their medicines used for treatment of Hepatitis-B and C are purchased and used by the various leading healthcare institutions without any complaint of them being injurious to human health. They said government has also licenced them to manufacture and sell the vaccine within and outside the country.

They said Sindh government malafidely rejected their vaccines despite the fact the one of the vaccines, which the authorities have rejected on quality grounds, is the largest selling vaccine in the country. Moreover, he said, this vaccine is also produced by the only company in Pakistan having WHO recognition for its laboratory.

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