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FIA seals fake medicines factory in Lahore

Federal Investigation Agency seals fake medicines factory in Lahore (Pakistan Press  Club) LAHORE: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Enforcement Cell has sealed a medicine factory in Nawab Town area for manufacturing substandard drugs. Deputy Director Jameel Ahmad Khan ordered Inspector Nasir to launch a crackdown against the factory owners and seal the premises where this illegal business was going on.According to reports, the factory’s owner was taken into custody whereas a large proportion of fake medicines were confiscated from within the factory. After the operation was conducted, an FIR (First Information Report) was filed against the factory owner.
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DRAP high-up’s willful failure to obey Supreme Court orders is clearly contempt of court

DRAP high-up’s willful failure to obey Supreme Court orders is clearly contempt of court By: Yasir Khan – Health Reporter – Islamabad ISLAMABAD: On the order of the Supreme Court, the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) has started the process of appointments in the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) by advertising 192 posts. DRAP advertised for the posts three times but failed to finalize any appointment except CEO. In the wake of media reports on conflicts of interest in medicine industry, health regulator DRAP is facing increasing pressure from government agencies and non-government watchdog groups to manage, reduce and eliminate conflicts that could lead to bias in patient care and research. This article will review recent efforts to increase transparency in relationships between health regulator DRAP and the pharmaceutical, herbal and device industries, and discuss some of the challenges facing DRAP in identifying and reporting conflicts of interest (COIs). A bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk closed a lengthy suo motu hearing on the tangled affairs of DRAP on April 9, 2015 and directed the authorities to appoint “permanent directors” in its 13 directorates within 15 days. DRAP has 14 directorates and only few permanent directors to run them. Furthermore, most of the directors are appointed against prescribed criteria, which are written in DRAP service rules. One year gone but still Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan’s High-ups are not ready to accept the orders of the honorable Supreme court & DRAP high-up’s [...]
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Unlawful Appointment of DRAP CEO & illegal Medicine Price hike can Lead Prime Minister to Disqualification

Unlawful Appointment of DRAP CEO & illegal Medicine Price hike can Lead Prime Minister to Disqualification  Illegal Appointment of DRAP CEO & unlawful Medicine Price hike raising questions on Qualifications of PRIME MINISTER.   BY: MOHAMMAD IMRAN KHAN – CEO PAKISTAN PRESS CLUB  The removal of chief executive officer of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) is the need of time as Appointment of Dr Muhammad Aslam as CEO DRAP is a shamefully pathetic, illegal and unlawful. The first full time chief executive officer (CEO) for the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), which was being run on the Ad hoc basis for the last two years, was appointed on Friday 6th February 2015 but unfortunately this appointment was illegal and mala fide. The Establishment Division issued a notification, appointing Dr Muhammad Aslam, who has a doctorate in pharmacy, as the new CEO on a three-year contract. However, according to sources, the contract may be extended for another year. The Establishment Division issued a notification, which was the intentional dishonest act by not fulfilling legal or contractual obligations, misleading nation, entering into an agreement violating basic standards of honesty in dealing with Nation as Dr Muhammad Aslam is a convicted person by Drug Court Peshawar. Appointment letter of Dr Muhammad Aslam as CEO DRAP is a shamefully pathetic document. It shows the overall incompetence of extremely corrupt Pakistani ruling elite. It shows the incompetence of those who drafted it, those who signed it, those who benefited from it, those who took it [...]