Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has directed the Secretary Cabinet Division to take necessary steps regarding the establishment of Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA).
He directed her to take all the stakeholders on board as is necessary after the devolution under the 18th Amendment to form uniform policy on the pricing and other necessary matters relating to the medicines. The establishment of DRA needs consent of all the Federating Units which is still awaited.
It may be mentioned that in order to ensure smooth functioning of the affairs related to drug regulations, it was entrusted to the Cabinet Division with the concurrence of all the provincial governments in wake of the devolution of the subject till the establishment of the DRA.
It is pertinent to mention that even in the pre devolution arrangement Drug Regulatory Authority did not exist and all the matters related to drug regulations were being dealt by the defunct Ministry of Health.
The continuation of the existing system under the Cabinet Division has helped in regulating the prices of the drugs/medicines at reasonable level within the reach of the common man.
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