ISLAMABAD: Taking notice of an increase in drug prices, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday directed to de-notify the price hike immediately, said a spokesperson of the PM House.

The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination on Thursday announced an increase of 15 per cent in prices of all registered medicines. The ministry had said the drug prices had not been raised since 2001.

“The price raise is unacceptable and drugs prices will remain unchanged,” said the spokesman quoting the premier.

He said the increase in prices of medicines had been withdrawn with immediate effect and a notification has been issued in this regard.

The government had been considering to increase the prices following demands from the pharmaceutical industry, which claimed that in absence of a national drug pricing policy, prices of medicines should be increased by at least 18 per cent.

The drug manufacturers have held at least three meetings with the government since Oct 23 and they had largely remained inconclusive.

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November 29, 2013 9:52 pm

This is a classic example of BAD governance. Reacting to something instead of stopping it before it happened.

November 30, 2013 3:06 am

Nawaz directs this , Nawaz directs that - government is in hurry going nowhere.

December 1, 2013 11:31 pm

Pakistan has a magical economy, prices can be controlled simply by the PM directing so. I wonder why he has not ordered that everything be made free, that would take care of all economic woes of the country.

December 2, 2013 1:28 pm

Pretty ridiculous if you know the facts. All input costs have gone up, such as the value of the dollar, the cost of electricity, the cost of labour, etc, yet, price increases havent been given in decades. If one expects quality to be maintained, how will that happen when there are no profits? There aren't NGOs...

If the government actually cares so much, how come the price of services from doctors is still going up? And electricity costs? And food costs?

What's happening in the industry now is that lots of bad companies are opening up making substandard medicine. Secondly, manufacturing of lots of important medicines is being stopped, as it is no longer feasible since the selling cost is lower than the manufacturing cost. Due to this, soon, we will have to import these medicines, causing them to be signfiicantly more expensive, and for the country to lose foreign exchange and jobs.

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