THIS is apropos of the letter ‘Soaring medicine prices’ (July 2). I do agree that the expenses incurred on luxurious trips for doctors for promoting pharmaceutical companies products is a sort of a bribe.

One of my friends who worked for a pharmaceutical company informed me that hardly 20 per cent of what consumers pay is the actual price of medicine(s) while 80 per cent of what we pay goes to the promotion of pharmaceutical companies’ products like services, medicine literature, gifts, foreign tours, local inland trips and cars on installments.

So if a medicine costs Rs20, it will be sold for Rs100.

This 500 to 600 per cent overhead is braved by the poor and middle class people of Pakistan.

Now that health has been devolved as per the 18th Amendment, PMA, PIMA, other related organisations and, above all, the provincial government should control all unethical practices adopted by some practitioners otherwise the people of Pakistan will feel that PMA and PIMA were ineffective representative bodies.

DR SOOMRO Karachi

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Cyrus Howell
July 10, 2012 6:37 pm
No. They cannot, and it is very unfair.
Hassan Zaeem Aftab
July 9, 2012 2:27 am
For a poor family it is almost impossible to purchase life saving drugs. I suggest that a Medicaid System like prevailing in US may be introduced and Generic medicine be provided through Medical stores of repute.
Mujeeb
July 9, 2012 8:44 am
I can just say that Dr sahib seems to be from Homeo side, or may be he is treading in someone else's domain. Poor knowledge always makes you look................
Sam
July 10, 2012 3:30 am
Pharama industry is making a big profit in PakistanThere is no generic medicine available therefore poor cannot afford.
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