Pharma sector to ensure adequate supply of medicines, devices to fight COVID-19
Government has said that Indian Pharma industry is producing enough stocks of essential medicines particularly Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to meet both domestic demand and export obligations. It said, the production and transportation is being ensured throughout the country with help of State administrations.
This position emerged after a Video Conference held in New Delhi yesterday under chairmanship of Secretary of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Dr PD Vaghela to review the operations and issues of the pharmaceutical and Medical Devices industry.
The coordinated efforts of various departments of central government and state governments ensured in resolving major issues in supplies of medicines in the North East. Secretary informed the industry that Department of Pharmaceuticals is in constant touch with the industry, states and the other departments to get to know their issues and quickly address those by taking up with relevant authorities.
The industry representatives expressed happiness on Union Home Ministry’s advisory issued on 12th of this month to facilitate the pharma sector in these difficult times. However, they put forward some suggestions such as the need to declare courier services as essential services given their important role in delivery of medicines including those of diabetes, anti-cancer and other high value drugs.
The need to allow all ancillary services and products required for smooth running of Pharmaceutical industry was also stressed upon. Dr Vaghela exhorted everyone to do their best so that uninterrupted supply of medicines and medical devices in all parts of the country is ensured.