Costly Healthcare: Pharmaceuticals increased prices by 30 percent in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD – Despite the clear orders of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the pharmaceuticals companies have increased the prices f different registered drugs, including life saving drugs, up to 30 percent.

According to one source in ministry of health services (name kept anonymous in original report), despite clear orders of the Prime Minister, the pharmaceuticals had increased the prices. The new increased prices are also applicable on the life saving drugs.

The sources also said that the ministry – ran by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s leader Saira Afzal Tarar – and Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) did not take any strict action against the companies.

According to media reports, on 28th of November 2013 DRAP increased the prices of the medicines. But that time the prices of of life savings drugs were exempted. However, the very next day, Nawaz Sharif took a notice of the situation and instructed DRAP to withdraw the notification. DRAP complied but as many as 16 pharmaceutical companies went to the Sindh High Court (SHC) and obtained a stay order against DRAP’s notification of cancelling the price hike.

Latest reports are that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked the concern ministry to sort out the reason for the increase in the prices and identify the culprits.

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