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Allocation of drug quota is outside mandate of national regulations and services’ ministry: Awan

Islamabad, December 13, 2012 (PPI-OT): There are reports in the media unjustly criticizing Ministry of National Regulations and Services on various issues related with quote allocation. In order to dispel this misconception, a press conference was arranged today in the Ministry of National Regulations and Services.

Federal Minister for National Regulations and Services Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan while addressing to press conference elaborated the role and function of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP). Secretary NRS division Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, acting CEO of DRAP and other officials of NRS Ministry and DRAP were also present at the occasion.

Talking to media persons, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the timely allocation of controlled and psychiatric drugs quota is essential to ensure the supply of the related medicines in the market. She elaborated the overall position and mandate of DRAP, and said that it has no role as such in the allocation of drug quota. DRAP is just like a post office that supplies basic information and forwards the allocations requests to ANF.

The allocation of quota is finalized by the allocation committee. Director General Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) is the DG of this committee. Neither Narcotics Minister nor Minister for National Regulations and Services is a member of this committee.

Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan emphasized that after promulgation of Drug Regulatory Authority Act, government is committed to provide safe, efficacious and quality medicine at affordable price to ailing humanity. In DRAP alternative medicine, medical devices, medicated cosmetics and other legal and regulatory affairs are addressed to meet international standards.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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