Govt urged to ensure smooth supply of medicines

Pharma Bureau says distributors are not being allowed to move freely despite exemption from lockdowns

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ISLAMABAD: The Pharma Bureau has requested the government to support uninterrupted movement of medicines as well as pharma employees to ensure smooth manufacturing and supply of medicines.

“The spread of coronavirus has disrupted the norms of daily life significantly. The sad part is that among other matters, it has also impacted the supply of medicines, which is the most essentially needed commodity now. It has been learnt that many pharmaceutical companies are finding it difficult to distribute their medicines across Pakistan as the transporters are not allowed to move freely despite various advisories by relevant authorities exempting medicines from the restrictions of lockdowns,” the Pharma Bureau spokesperson said.

He said the employees of pharma companies were being stopped on their way to offices, and this may impact the production and supply of medicines.

The spokesperson said there was a need to take this matter seriously and a very clear directive should be issued to all concerned agencies to allow the drug transporters to operate freely.

“Otherwise, non-availability of medicines could convert into a very serious problem under the current circumstances,” he warned.

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