The Lahore High Court (LHC) Friday issued a notice to the Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) for December 4 on a petition seeking directions to devise a mechanism for fixing prices of medicines in the country.
Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah issued notice on a petition filed by Nabeel Rafaqat.
Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel Shiraz Zaka arguing before the court submitted that multinational medicine manufacturing companies increase medicines prices every year due to lack of check by the authorities.
He said the DRA could not formulate any mechanism for increase or decrease of medicine prices yet. He said increase in medicine prices affected the masses badly despite the fact that the state was bound to provide healthcare facilities under the Constitution.
He pleaded the court to order the DRA for devising mechanism to fix the prices of medicines. He also pleaded the court to direct the government to take steps for control of medicines prices.
The court after hearing initial arguments issued notices to the DRA and sought reply by December 4.
IN EVERY RESPECT,THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT IS SHOWING NEGLIGENCE AND CARELESSNESS OVER PRICES OF MEDICINES IN PAKISTAN.DRA IS GIVEN FREE HAND TO INCREASE THE PRICES TO ADD MORE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS FOR THE COMMON MAN..THESE MEDICINES ARE MANUFACTURED LOCALLY AND THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION TO ENHANCE THE PRICES.MOREOVER NUMBER 2 MEDICINES ARE OPENLY SOLD IN THE MARKET AND THERE IS NO CONTROL.TO TACKLE THE ENHANCEMENTS OF RUBBISH PRICES IN THE MEDICINE FIELD.A POOR MAN CAN ONLY REQUEST THE GOVERNMENT TO CHECK THE QUALITY OF THE MEDICINES AVAILABLE IN THE OPEN MARKETS
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