Free medicine: PMA appeals patients to continue use of medicines

Demands a drug regulatory body in the province, requests PM and CM Punjab to hold joint meeting in this regard.

Our Correspondent February 01, 2012

LAHORE: In the wake of contaminated medicine crises in Punjab, the Pakistan Medical Association Lahore (PMA) Lahore has appealed to patients, operated at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), not to discontinue the medicines out of fear of a reaction.

The PMA, on Wednesday, said that a number of those medicines were required to keep their valves and stents potent and that patients should consult their doctor in case of a problem.

PMA Lahore office bearers have strongly protested on the unusual delay in the establishment a drug regulatory authority, adding that since the past 24 days, the federal and Punjab government were playing blame games instead of taking concrete steps.

The office bearers included Dr Tanveer Anwar, Dr Izhar Ahmed Chaudhry, Dr Ihsan ur Rehman, Dr Yasmin Ihsan, Dr Kamran, Dr Sabahat Habib Khan and Dr Salman Kazmi.

The association further said that besides a federal drug regulatory authority, a provincial regulatory authority was also mandatory to regulate the pharmaceutical industry, including the quality and prices of the medicines.

PMA demanded Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to call a joint meeting for the establishment of a drug regulatory authority in the province.


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