Govt Decides to Reduce Prices of 89 Medicines

The federal government has decided to reduce prices of 89 medicines, said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza, on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference with Firdous Ashiq Awan, Mirza said that prices of essential lifesaving medicines will also be reduced.

Dr Mirza said that the administration needs to decrease the cost of any drug which is remembered for its basic prescriptions list by 10 percent. This, he stated, was by the drug value control approach of 2018.

“However, we have given the approval to the federal government to cut down prices of essential medicines by 15 percent,” he said. “The new prices will come into effect immediately.”

Dr Mirza said that the prime minister had directed the health ministry to review its medicine pricing policy. 

“In the next two months, the government will be reviewing this policy and come up with a new one in its place,” he said.

Head administrator Imran Khan had guided applicable specialists to cut down costs of restorative medications prior this year.

In April, Chairman NAB Justice (r) Javed Iqbal had said that the authority will explore the uncommon climb in costs of drugs.

The NAB administrator had guided the counter defilement guard dog to investigate the supposed debasement in Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).

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