• Pakistan Launches First-Ever Drug Regulatory Body

    • 13 November 2012
    Pakistan has established a new drug regulatory authority in the hopes of reducing the now-rampant trade of counterfeit and substandard medicines, various news sources report. News Pakistan reports that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari signed into law the Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) Bill on 12 November, which Zardari hopes will increase both the quality and affordability of medicines in the country. "The signing of this bill will ensure the availability o...
  • After Drug Deaths, Calls for Pakistan to Form Independent Drug Regulatory Authority

    Pakistan is facing calls from industry for a drug regulatory authority to be formed after a batch of cardiac drugs given to patients at a government-run hospital has been linked to more than 100 deaths. Patients at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology were given one or more drugs manufactured by relatively small, local companies . The drugs, given to roughly 40,000 patients, generated side effects that were initially confused with dengue fever. Almost 250 patients remai...