Sri Lanka bans import of Pakistani medicines

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  1. JAISWAL

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    ISLAMABAD:

    Following the PIC medicine debacle, Sri Lanka has banned the import of medicines from Pakistan — a move that would badly hurt the export of locally-manufactured medicines, which had surged to over $400 million over the last two years.

    The health ministry of Sri Lanka has taken the decision after over 100 people died due to alleged spurious medicines in Lahore. It was further revealed that more countries – including Vietnam, Burma, Philippines, and Yemen as well as countries from Africa and South America – are also considering reviewing their policies to import medicines from Pakistan.

    Sri Lanka suspended the sale and use of Pakistani-manufactured Isosorbide Mononitrate 20 mg drug, used for chest pains, said a senior doctor of the National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka.


    “Isosorbide mononitrate, generally called ISMN, is a drug used principally in the treatment of angina pectoris in Sri Lanka,” he told The Express Tribune from Colombo. Government hospitals in Sri Lanka usually prescribe ISMN, which dilates blood vessels to reduce blood pressure, he explained.

    “Our ministry took the decision for safety reasons following reports of the recent deaths from a heart-related drug in Pakistan,” he said, requesting not to be named.

    Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) officials also expressed concern over the lingering of the spurious drugs issue, which could stagnate exports if the federal government does not take immediate steps to control the situation.

    On the other hand, officials dealing with the issue revealed that the government was deliberating putting around 12 drugs on the import ban list. However, the final decision will be taken after taking into account the investigation reports received from abroad, added an official of the Punjab Health Ministry.

    “The government should form a drug regulatory authority in pursuance of better and effective marketing strategies to improve the image and push the export figures up,” the PPMA chairman said.

    Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s senior advisor Senator Pervez Rashid criticised the federal government for its failure to constitute a drug regulatory authority at the centre. “An international laboratory should be built in Pakistan to test medicines,” Rashid said.

    Islamabad is issuing 32 licences to pharmaceutical companies on a daily basis, the senator revealed. “So, this is the main reason which led to the use and distribution of substandard medicines.”
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    Sri Lanka bans import of Pakistani medicines – The Express Tribune
     
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  3. JAISWAL

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    beating the dead horse..... this action should have taken earlier..... the main drawback of the GoSL is that it want proofs to take any action..... this won't happen if we had the national drug authority
     
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  5. Nagraj

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    We have similar problem in Ranchi.
    There is big gang which manufacture fake medicines and then sells them to the countryside.
    Many people died.
     
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    A prominent doctor in our conutry (Dr. Senaka Bibile) tried to stop this medicine mafia... by using the NDA... but before any action could be taken he was murdered...
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Pakistan manufactures medicines? [​IMG]
     
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    /\/\/\ ROFL! I was also thinking on the same lines. Pakistan should stick to making what it is good at - terrorism & terrorists.
     
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    A real gem:

    Sri Lanka bans import of Pakistani medicines – The Express Tribune

    Enjoy!!
     
  10. Nagraj

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    ^^^ went through that link..The topic is medicine of pakistan first india come into picture then islam then hindus then 1000 years rules blah blah.
    People are dumb :)
     
  11. Indianboy

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    'What do you expect them to do? Sleep over it? Not every country is run like Pakistan you know.'

    'Why in God’s name do we have to bring India into everything?'

    'tendency to bring in India for everything is a weird state of mind. By the way India exported approximately US $ 12 Bn worth of medicines to more than 70 countries in the world, 30 times of Pakistan. Hope that explains something !!'

    '@ Aqeel Ahmed – have you heard of Ranbaxy, Piramal Healthcare, Cadila, Biocon ? these are all Indian based MNCs relating to pharma…not a single Pakistani company could match the size and structure of any of these companies …so think before u blink and get a life !!'

    '@Aqeel Ahmed : ” we’re the lowest cost producer of high quality medicines in this world and our R&D is vastly superior to indian ” ………..Thats why your patients are coming to india for better treatment'

    '@Khan:
    I agree, day before yesterday, my own Uncle died after taking cardiovastin medicine manufactured by Afrose Pharma in Karachi. The doctor changed the medicine and that night he took the first dose and after one and half hour he got a massive heart attack and heart failed and he expired. There is no quality control check in Pakistan, officers are taking bribe and it is very common. May Allah have mercy upon us.'
     
  12. lemontree

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    Nagraj,

    Send me any details that you may have. I am the Corp Security Head of a MNC pharma co, and handle anti-counterfeit operations too.
     
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    Headache selling Aspirin... ...............................

    EpiC..................:rofl:
     
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    WTF Pakistan exporting medicines. the other day they were after India to supply them medicines.

    LOL they must be repackaging cheap medicines sourced from their big brother.
     
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    :tsk::tsk:..
     
  16. lemontree

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    We should not laugh. Our system is no better than the Pakistani pharma industry.
    The Drug Control Dept/ FDA is the most corrupt organisation and issues manufacturing licenses to all and sundry.

    Govt healthcare centres get their drug supplies from companies who produce 3rd rate medication and people die from them.
    Substandard copy cat manufacturers are running scot free even after repeated police raids on them, coz of political pull.

    The drug Control guys will issue you a license even if you run a set up from a garage - a particular chap had even registed a brand name of my company and other MNC pharma company.... AND this is the state of Delhi Drug Control.
     
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    Im sorry , i will laugh out loud.. :rofl:

    Headache selling Aspirin is one of the biggest joke i have heard.

    Only thing they can produce is Hajmola. which can control their gas troubles.



    PS: oh wait...Hajmola is Indian .. they can use chinese to fake it and call it HajiMUllah or something..
     
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    Lemontree , since it is right up your alley- as they say, could you share some statistics with us about fake and spurious medicines in India.
     
  19. Rahul92

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    oh boy pakistan manfactures medicines
     
  20. Folk hero

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    let me guess how would pakis sell there medicines, buy baba buy buy ouru greatu medisuns buy if you buy ouru medisunsu you willu getu tow terrorist for free :pound::pound::tsk:
     
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    Pakistan found cure for all the disease in the world..! You will be in heaven literally as soon as you take their medicine! Its called "strap on kaaaboooom".



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