Business: Govt. asked to enforce decision to cut hepatitis medicine price by 50 pc

Islamabad: The Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry IWCCI on Wednesday asked the government to implement decision of reduction in the price of Hepatitis medicine injection by 50 per cent to Rs 6500.

Hepatitis is number one killer disease in Pakistan which mostly infects the poor and middleclass which deserve a relief, said Farida Rashid, President IWCCI in a press release.

Speaking to business community, she said that Federal government in a historic decision reduced prices of 92 pharma products on July 13, 2012 in which the price of imported Hepatitis injection was brought down to Rs 6500 from Rs 13000. However, she said, the decision could not be implemented and now efforts are underway to reverse the decision which is not justified. Farida Rashid said that the team of officials instrumental in reducing the price were sidelined which is unfortunate.

Farida Rashid said that a team of scientists and doctors have cloned the costly medicine to provide it to people for Rs 70 but they are not being encouraged to do so.

The indigenous medicine has been tested by all major laboratories in Pakistan while labs in Germany have found it according to WHO standards.

There would be no Hepatitis related deaths in Pakistan if local production is promoted, she said.