PR No.163 Islamabad: March 17, 2017

President Mamnoon Hussain has underscored the need for unanimity on important issues regarding close cooperation between physicians, pharmaceutical companies and regulatory institutions adding that in this regard Aiwan-e-Sadr will extend cooperation to the departments concerned.

The President said this while talking to a delegation of Committee on ‘Availability of essential drugs of high standard, efficacy, safety, quality and affordable prices for all and check on spurious drugs’ constituted by Wafaqi Mohtasib which headed by Federal Ombudsman Salman Faruqui called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Friday. On the occasion, the report of the Committee was also presented to the President. Chairman of the Committee Prof. Emeritus Lt. Gen. (Retd) Mahmud Ahmad Akhtar, Former Surgeon General Pakistan Army was also present.

Appreciating the report of the Committee, the President said that it is fundamental duty of the state and society to provide hassle free treatment and low cost medicines to the people which should be discharged with religious zeal. The President directed that relevant institutions should prepare recommendations for effectively implementing the report of Wafaqi Mohtasib for providing affordable medicines.  He stated that it is the basic responsibility of pharmaceutical companies to manufacture affordable drugs so that common man could easily avail all facilities of treatment.