PR No. 105 Islamabad: August 13, 2017

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Our Resolve for 14 August, “Free Pakistan from spurious, fake, counterfeit and substandard drugs” for our “Patient Focused” mission for “Access to Quality Assured, Safe,  Effective and Affordable medicine, for people”, under the National Goal of “Health for All”. This was announced today by the Chief Executive of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan.

His “Independence Day of Pakistan message” further states that DRAP with the support and guidance of  M/o NHSR&C is launching from 14th August 2017,  another ‘Three Month Campaign’ against Spurious, Fake and Counterfeit drugs, to free our beloved country from this menace. This is another series, following an earlier 3 months similar campaign along with provinces that proved very effective in reducing the Spurious, Fake, Substandard and Counterfeit drugs from the country. It resulted in sealing of hundreds of sales outlets, illegal and non-compliant manufacturing units, arrest of many people, over 1000 FIRs, hundreds of imprisonment and fines over 10 crores, throughout the country, last year. This also resulted in a big deterrent against the involved culprits in this heinous crime against humanity.

In addition, this extended campaign will also include drive for improving drug quality through integrated and systematic regulatory compliance for manufacturing facilities cGMP and ensuring effective Good Distribution Practices, Good Pharmacy and Sales Practices. In this regard, DRAP teams along with provinces and security agencies will conduct market surveillance throughout the country, through strategic inspections and drug sampling for Spurious drugs and will enforce regulatory compliance to higher level.  DRAP teams will also provide guidance to Industry and pharma trade for improving the quality of  manufacturing, distribution, sales and dispensing of therapeutic goods. In this campaign DRAP teams will meet with heads of Customs, FBR, FIA and other law enforcement agencies, for improving coordination for effective and stringent enforcement of regulatory compliance and to resolve various hurdles and challenges in this regard. DRAP will also organize media engagement and will  coordinate with social reformers and consumer protection NGOs to mobilize them for public education and to campaign for not accepting illegal and unregistered products and do not compromise on quality of drugs while purchasing, ensuring to buy only genuine products from pharmacies, maintaining good pharmacy practices and only Registered and legal drugs. People need to be educated that they should not respond to illegal advertisements for unregistered products with fake claims. Public will be guided and requested to cooperate and inform DRAP for any availability of spurious drugs or it’s manufacturing that come in their notice or  knowledge. DRAP has already launched 2D Barcode and notified it’s regulation for pharma products sales pack, which will be fully enforced from December 2017. This internationally applicable tool, will help people to authenticate and track the drugs via cell phone application, before purchasing. DRAP is developing further systems and tools as per international best practices for ensuring quality drug access and the eradication of spurious drugs. These international practices will be gradually announced and implemented, in the larger public interest for safe and rationale use of medicines.

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