Lahore, December 26, 2012 (PPI-OT): Provincial Secretary Health Arif Nadeem has said that Laboratory reports into Shahdra incident would be made public soon while the cases registered in connection with syrup would be reviewed anew.
The Provincial Secretary was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday. LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar, Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Convener LCCI Standing Committee Khawaja Shahzeb Akram also spoke on the occasion.
The Secretary Health assured the participants that neither any Pharma manufacturer would be harassed nor any action would be taken in violation of Drug Act. He made it clear that Punjab government believes in business promotion and all future inspections of the Pharmaceutical units would be conducted as per Drug Regulatory Authority rules and regulations.
Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar demanded of the government to immediately stop harassment of the pharmaceutical manufacturers as it always sends a wrong signal to the outer world while affects badly the working of local businessmen.
He said that certain powers and scope of drug inspectors representing federal and provincial governments overlap and confuse the business community.
He said that health department has recently opted to purchase medical equipment by stapling packages entailing different products. This has given freedom to few vendors to enjoy the monopoly to quote complete packages.
The LCCI President said that this scenario is depriving many vendors from the business who have been supplying and supporting different equipment as standalone items. It is requested that packages may kindly be discouraged to encourage economical purchases.
He said that it is proposed that the specifications of products or packages must be made by involving trade members and the end-users to help evolve a consensus to minimize the undue leverage given to technical officers who at times do not heed to the request from stakeholders.
He said that the final specifications of electro-medical equipment that are mutually made by the traders and end-users may kindly be vetted by the consultants appointed by Health department to alleviate any grievances if exist during the formulation of specifications.
Farooq Iftikhar said that the PPRA rules must be applied in its true letter and spirit and at least 15 days must be given in opening the tenders from “Selling Date” not the advertisement date.
He said that lot of local companies dealing in herbal and homeopathic medicines are not registered with department of health. Any unforeseen incident occurring due to their negligence is also reflected on the whole pharmaceutical industry which is not fair.
He said that there should be formal effort to get them registered and regulate them with the help of certain procedures.
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