40% medicines in Pakistan are fake: moot told

KARACHI: Fake and substandard medicines is a big issue which needs to be resolved with the help of civil society, media, consumers and pharmaceuticals. Fake, substandard and wrong prescription of medicines cause more deaths than diseases.

This was stated by Health Minister Dr Junaid Ali Shah while addressing a seminar on controlling fake medicines and boosting standard medicines, organized here by Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association. The minister said that there should be strict punishment against sale of fake medicines. There is also need to implement laws in this regard.

He said that health policy bill and other problems were in pending in the assembly since years. He said that accountability of bureaucracy in health department pertaining to negligence be conduced. The health department is not being given priority, he added.

Chairman PPMA Javed Akhaie said that regular appointment of chief executive in Drug Regulatory Authority should be ensured. Temporarily system in the organization is not acceptable, he asserted. He said that influential persons are involved in sale of fake medicines from Karachi to Peshawar and they have support of political and government organizations.

ExChairman Zahid Saeed said that distributors should be made bound for registeration of chemists and drugs. It is mandatory that every chemist shop should have a pharmacist.

Professor Tipu Sultan said that 40 percent of medicines in the country are fake and Pakistan is among 13 countries who make fake medicines in large quantitative.

Dr Qaiser Waheed said that there need to carry out a major crackdown against fake medicines.