Attention drawn to “state of pharmaceuticals” at Colombo event

Attention drawn to “state of pharmaceuticals” at Colombo event

Attention drawn to “state of pharmaceuticals” at Colombo event

Written by Tharushan Fernando

11 Sep, 2016 | 10:01 pm

Speaking at the 24th anniversary of the Pharmaceutical Traders Association of Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday, Chairman of the National Medicine Regulatory Authority, Professor Asitha de Silva, lamented about the state of pharmaceutical prices in the country.

The Chairman of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority pointed out that there is a responsibility by law to ensure that the distribution of pharmaceuticals under certain conditions is implemented. But there are constraints such as the few number of inspectors and problems with infrastructure.

“But with those difficulties we have to function. Because it is a national job. It is a national task”, he said

He added that it is known that drug prices are unacceptably high in the country and a report on the Sri Lanka’s pharmaceutical pricing and distribution from a WHO expert who stayed here, and compiled a report for the WHO, give a very sad picture.

“We need to correct that. We need to give patients access to medicine at an affordable price”, said the Chairman.

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