It is a matter of great concern that a thickly populated country like Pakistan has no facilities to analyze
or check any imported medicines, before certifying it for sale. The absence of DIL facilities is becoming more serious since more than 30,000 drug marketing companies are operating throughout Pakistan. These include the sellers of herbal, Unani, Homeopathic and Tibi medicine, which are mostly unregistered and their products are being sold openly without any checks and balances.
Meanwhile, after the devolution of power, since the health sector was handed over to the provincial governments, there has been no health policy, devised so far, in any province of the country. However, three more Drug Testing Laboratories (DTL) are being established in Punjab, located at Multan, Rawalpindi and Lahore besides. Moreover, two "Food Testing Laboratories" are being run at Faisalabad and Rawalpindi costing Rs. 150 million to the exchequer.
But unfortunately, there is still not a single project conceived for establishing a Drug Investigation Laboratory in any province. Apparently, the authorities are waiting for another incident like the PIC crisis to happen, before they begin setting up a DIL.