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Draft drug policy to be tabled in Cabinet today

Published : Monday, 19 December, 2016 at 12:00 AM  Count : 417

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has finalised the draft of the National Drug Policy 2016 keeping the provision of updating medicine prices in the country every year considering the market prices and production costs.
It also proposed the government to allow over the counter sale of buying 160 types of drugs (medicine) without any doctor's prescription. Of those, 39 medicines are from Allopathic, 98 from Unani and 30 Ayurvedic category medicines.
The proposal of the Health Ministry is likely to be tabled in the Cabinet meeting to be held on Monday (today) at the Secretariat for approval, according to the Cabinet Division.
According to sources,

the proposal has already been enlisted in the Cabinet meeting agenda.
In the meeting, the drafts of the Cost & Management Accounting Institute of Bangladesh Act, Nazrul Institute Act and National Sports Council Act will also be tabled for approval.
According to Health Ministry sources, though the draft of the policy was prepared three years back, it was finalised recently to update existing Drug Policy of 2005 and The Drug Control Ordinance of 1982. It was sent to the Cabinet Division recently for placing in the Cabinet meeting.
The draft policy also said that it would be considered as punishable offence to keep or sell fake, adulterated, expired, unregistered, counterfeit and misbranded medicines. The licences of the producers, hoarders and sellers can be cancelled for the offence.

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