LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has demanded from the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) to form a liaison committee as any further delay will destroy the pharmaceutical industry. The demand was raised by the LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid while talking to the Chairman Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) Dr Sheikh Akhtar Hussain at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Malik Tahir Javaid said that a liaison committee comprising members from LCCI and DRAP would help deal with issues pertaining to health and pharma sector.
Chairman DRAP welcomed the proposal and also said that operations and regulations of DRAP are being restructured and transformed on a modern scientific basis. The LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid drew the attention of DRAP Chairman towards the increase in dollar rate, late issuance of final registration letter and form six & seven to the importers. He said that there is 15 per cent increase in the exchange rate of the dollar which has made the production of such medicines unviable that are made of imported raw materials.
Malik Tahir Javaid said that DRAP issued Medical Device Rules 2015 which have now been replaced with Medical Device Rules 2017. He also suggested that a liaison committee comprising members from LCCI and DRAP should be formed to deal with issues pertaining to the health sector.