DRAP's campaign against spurious drugs continues.
He said that the authorities concerned also suspended production activities of 40 units which included four in 2015, 20 in 2016 and 16 in 2017.
Good Manufacturing Practices Inspection
(GMPI) were also conducted during the period which included 937 GMPI in 2015, 1059 in 2016 and 784 GMPI in nine months of 2017.
Highlighting the other steps taken by Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination to curb sale of spurious and fake drugs in the country, the official said that the DRAP has strengthened monitoring system by appointing Federal Inspector of Drugs (FIDs) throughout the country.
Regular monitoring is being done by field offices while campaigns against spurious drugs and fake drugs are conducted regularly.
He said that the federal government has initiated process of World Health Organization (WHO) pre-qualification of Central Drugs Testing Laboratory (CDL), Karachi to strengthen quality control of drugs used in the country.
The two phases of Quality Management System (QMS) have been completed. Proficiency test has also been conducted and results submitted in June, 2017 to WHO while WHO audit is expected in first quarter of 2018.
He said that the DRAP in 22nd Meeting of Policy Board approved creation of new posts for section of Quality Management System (QMS) and vigilance section for further strengthening the implementation of DRAP Act, 2012.
The federal government has notified Bar Coding System (Serialization) for prompt identification
of spurious or counterfeit drugs at every level. It would be easily detectable whether product is genuine
or spurious by use of smart phone application by patient, retailer, wholesale and regulator. This 2D Data
Matrix system on the pharmaceutical products will serve as a tool for the eradication of spurious, illegal and unregistered drugs, he added.
He said that the DRAP is vigilant to minimize sale of spurious medicines and fake drugs in collaboration of provinces and security agencies. Federal and provincial governments have initiated strict measures against the menace of spurious and fake drugs, he added.
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|Publication:||The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Jan 20, 2018|
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