ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Health Services and Regulatory Affairs Abdul Qadir Patel said on Monday, while denouncing rumors of fever pill shortages, that paracetamol tablets from 50 brands are available on the market in sufficient quantity.
Speaking to the media, he dispelled the impression of a drug shortage. He said paracetamol is available in 50 different brands and some elements by spreading false information are trying to benefit profiteers. He said he ordered the Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) to fix the prices of raw materials used in the production of various drugs.
He said the former Pakistani government led by Tehreek-e-Insaf shortly after coming to power in the first phase started running out of drug propaganda and then raised the prices, adding that his government would not allow such practices.
The minister said some politicians create uncertainty by giving the impression that a particular brand of paracetamol is not available in the market. He said they should focus on helping the people from the devastating floods and refrain from issuing such statements which promote black marketing instead of serving the masses. He said some elements are using news related to drug shortages as a pressure tactic to force the government to raise prices.
Meanwhile, the Standing Senate Committee on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination on a visit to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) under the chairmanship of Senator Dr. Muhammad Humayun Mohmand observed that the facilities provided to PIMs are not up to standard and advised the head of department to submit a list of problems, obstacles they faced so that the committee can help the hospital administration to resolve it.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2022