Govt. should develop policy on health care products as per international practices: Sohail Lashari

LAHORE:,,, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Friday urged the government to develop policy on alternative health care products in line with the international practices and keeping in view the requirement of the sector.

This was stated by the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari while addressing the representatives of Homoeopathic Doctor Pharmaceutical and Chemist Association of Pakistan (HPCA) led by its President Amanullah Bismil. Chairperson of LCCI Committee on alternative health products Ms Shamim Akhtar also spoke on the occasion.

The LCCI President said that regulations should be made and implemented with a purpose of developing this sector, not to derail the sector and ultimately effecting country economy.

He said that the policies made without due consultation of the stakeholders are bound to fail.

He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry was striving to promote the idea of Public-Private Dialogue in the process to ensure the implementation of all policies relating to the economy.

Speaking on the occasion, the President HPCA Amanullah Bismil said that it was very unfortunate that Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has enacted since 2013 but no productive meeting has been held with the stakeholders for whom the regulations are being introduced.

He said that five disciplines of health products are being regulated through one notification which is absolutely illogical, that disciplines are Herbal, Unani, Ayurvedic, Homoeopathic, Biochemic and Neutraceuticals/Nutritional food products,

He said that the people engaged in Drug Regulatory Authority to regulate these five disciplines have little knowledge about these disciplines to the level of its technicalities.

He said that an immediate meeting must be arranged on alternative health products to hear the grievances of the industrialist and traders.

He said that the committee constituted to look after these disciplines must be dissolved.

There must be a sector expert in the policy framing process from each discipline of alternative health products.

He also said that the government should establish an independent laboratory capable of testing of alternative health products.

Ejaz Ahmad Hafeez, Dr. Muhammad Shaikh, Dr. Abid Farooq Ch. Dr. Saif ur Rehman, Dr. Farah Faris, Anwar Elahi, Zeeshan Ali, Dr. Hashim Ali Khan, Ch. Awais Azam and Kaynat Akhtar were also present in the meeting.

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