KARACHI- Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) expressed their concern over the announcement of 15% hike in the prices of medicines by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) with the approval of Pakistan’s Federal Government.
Secretary General, PMA Centre, Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad termed it as a distressing situation, as this would add to the misery of needy families, seeking treatment.
He further expressed that, the Government should work towards easing its people’s problems, not to add to them by passing such orders.
He also informed that the prices lifesaving drugs have also been increased, that may lead to serious issues when public health facilities will hit drug scarcity.
Approximately, 50 % population of Pakistan lives below the poverty line, due to which poor people have no choice but to visit public hospitals to receive medical care.