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India halts the supply of medicinal raw material to Pakistan

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 1, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Mar 1, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
India halts the supply of medicinal raw material to Pakistan

Up to 50% of raw material used to make medicine in Pakistan is imported from India

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India ordered to its pharmaceutical companies on Friday to halt the supply of the medicinal raw material used to make life-saving drugs to Pakistan for an indefinite time in the wake tensions between the two countries.

“The news of halting the supply to Pakistan was disclosed over the phone,” said  Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association Chairperson Dr Kaiser Waheed.

According to the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association, this ban can lead to a lack of medicines in Pakistan in just 10 days.  Around 40% to 50% of the raw material for medicine made in Pakistan is imported from India.

Related: India-Pakistan train service Samjhota Express suspended indefinitely

“The government has advised that the import of raw material for these medicines from other countries,” said Dr Waheed.

Due to the tension between India and Pakistan, a train service running between the two countries, the Samjhota Express, was suspended on Thursday for an indefinite time. However, the Pak-India Friendship Bus departed for Delhi Friday morning. It carried 16 Indian passengers who departed via the Wagah Border after clearing immigration there.

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  1. Intikhab Alam  March 1, 2019 3:42 pm/ Reply

    Why not we start our own production instead of depending on someone

    • Pak  March 2, 2019 9:08 pm/ Reply

      We can, and we will. In normal situation we try to find a way that is cheapest. Everything can be made in Pakistan, but problem usually is cost.

  2. pakistani  March 2, 2019 4:34 pm/ Reply

    wish we could
    agar koi aqal ho , we should not be dependant on life-saving materials on India anyway be it medicines or a certain food or anything which is life-saving. Really this is crazy i am shocked to hear this. Try some friendly nation on better start our own as suggested by Mr. Alam.
    Our pharmaceutical industry should look into this.

  3. Iqbal  March 3, 2019 9:07 am/ Reply

    All industries owned by military. With such corruption the medicines will be effective or not is a question. People will probably die with medicines made here.

  4. Abdul Qadir  March 3, 2019 2:17 pm/ Reply

    This is the opertunity for us to be self sufficient by our self in the raw material for our medicine

  5. Dr cool  March 3, 2019 7:35 pm/ Reply

    All medicines raw material industries should
    Be tax free and all industries supporting
    Military hardware and basic metals should also be tax free for 80 years.
    This should be the priority of the govt
    And beaurocracy
    Hope some one listens

  6. Rajat  October 17, 2019 8:27 am/ Reply

    If anyone want any type of medicine in very cheap price let me know.

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