Minister says regulatory authority will deal with ‘factors contributing to corruption in health sector’

Minister says regulatory authority will deal with ‘factors contributing to corruption in health sector’

Written by Staff Writer

10 Mar, 2014 | 10:41 pm

The bill on the National Drug Policy was tabled in Parliament last week.

Meanwhile, Speaking at a event Maithripala Sirisena said: “In 2012, the racketeering pharmaceuticals mafia was able to steal and destroy the drug policy bill. But I did not falter. As per the provisions in the bill a new institution will be established.”

“The National Drug Regulatory Authority will be established. This will also establish a new research facility and laboratory for testing drug standards. This will also deal with factors that have contributed to serious fraud and corruption in the health sector, through requiring the registration of pharmaceutical companies, standards during drug distribution and price controls,” he said.

He also added: “Poor patients are dying because of the excessively high prices of drugs. Some businessmen make a profit of 1000 percent off some drugs. No matter what obstacles or challenges we face, as a government we will carry out our responsibility and our duty. That is what we are doing through this.”

Minister Maithripala Sirisena made this statement at the event held to mark the commencement of National Health Week at the Homagama Base Hospital on Monday morning.

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