The government has said that the country imported 696 varieties of drugs while only a small number of drugs have been locally manufactured.
The government has tabled these details in parliament in response to a question posed by DNA parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti.
The government response has stated that the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation has manufactured only 44 varieties of drugs.
The government has further admitted that the drug shortage experienced in the country early this year was due to various management issues.
Apart from the drugs, the Health Ministry’s Medical Supplies Division had also imported 2,294 types of surgical instruments last year.