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National Drug Policy To Be Completed Shortly

Sep 8, 2011 7:29:43 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena says the National Drug Policy would be presented to parliament shortly and that the drug imports to the country could then be streamlined.

He has noted that the country imported 10,000 varieties of drugs to the country every year when the requirement is only for 3,000 varieties.

Addressing the award ceremony of the Sri Lanka National Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industries (SLNCPI) Sirisena has said there were over 40,000 varieties of drugs registered in the country.

He has said the Prof. Senaka Bibile drug policy has identified only 3,000 varieties of drugs.

Sirisena has observed that the draft of the National Drug Policy had almost been completed by the Legal Draftsman and the final report would be presented to Parliament in the next few months.

The Health Ministry spends over Rs. 12 billion annually to import drugs and the government had decided to increase it further to about Rs. 15 billion from next year.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has also increased the production of drugs manufactured by the State Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Corporation from 54 varieties to 100 essential drug varieties.