Pakistan launches crackdown against medicines’ profiteers
ISLAMABAD: On the direction of caretaker Health Minister Dr Nadeem Jan, the authorities concerned have launched a crackdown on medicines profiteers across Pakistan.
According to the spokesperson, major action was taken against those selling more than the approved price during the operation in Lahore.
Heparin injection, TB, epilepsy, cancer and life-saving drugs were being sold in the black, said the spokesperson. These medicines were being sold at a higher price than the approved price.
Tegeral epilepsy medicine was being sold for Rs 1300 to 1400 rupees instead of 260 rupees per box.
Heparin injection was selling at Rs 1500 to 3000 instead of Rs 975 while Rivotril was being sold at Rs 700 to Rs 800 instead of Rs 267 per box.
A box of Rivotril 2mg was being sold for Rs 800 to Rs 1000 instead of Rs 400.
Similarly, a box of Zenax 0.5mg was being sold at Rs1400 instead of 278 while Zenax 1mg box was selling at Rs 4000 instead of Rs 502.
The Ultrawest box was being sold at Rs 6500 instead of Rs 3418.
In a statement, Health Minister Nadeem Jan said that he has initiated action against the involved elements under DRAP [Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan] Act.
He said that heavy fines and punishments will be given against profiteers as per the DRAP Act. “The task force of DRAP will take full action against the profiteers,” the minister added.