Sri Lanka to implement national drug policy from next year

Nov 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka will implement a national drugs policy from January of next year, the Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena says.

The Minister says the draft of the National Drug Policy had almost been completed by the Legal Draftsman and it will be presented to the parliament in December or in January next year.

Participating in the annual conference of the sales representatives of the state pharmaceutical corporation the Minister said the national policy is aimed at providing high quality drugs at reasonable prices and the drug imports to the country could then be streamlined.

The National Drug Policy will incorporate all the proposals set forth by the late Prof. Senaka Bibile.

The Health Ministry spends over Rs. 12 billion annually to import drugs and the government had decided to increase it further to about Rs. 15 billion from next year.

The Chairman of the State Pharmaceutical Corporation Professor S.D.Jayaratne also presented views at this conference.

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