PR No. 104
Islamabad: February 21, 2024

Spokes persons for Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination has categorically denied the fabricated reports that use of vitamins, multi-vitamins, minerals and health & over the counter products has been banned in the country. Purpose of recent notification issued by the Ministry is to break nexus among pharmaceutical industry, prescribers and pharmacy /medical stores to force the consumers for use of irrational & costly products. This notification is aimed at to provide choice to consumers for use of these products available at segregated self-service shelves in pharmacy /medical stores. The patients are free and at liberty to buy any vitamin or supplements of their choice without being forced to buy any particular brand upon prescription. This step is in line with best global practices of availability of these products over the counter. Consumer choice / selection will bring the prices down of these products due to enhanced competition.