PMRU organizes sensitization program on price monitoring and availability of pharmaceutical drugs – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, November 11: A consumer awareness program on price monitoring and availability of pharmaceutical drugs was organized here today by the Price and Resource Monitoring Unit, J&K, under the aegis of the Drug and Food Control Organization, J&K.
The objective of the program was to highlight the importance of affordability and availability of safe, quality and effective medicines to end users and to ensure that there is no shortage of medicines in Jammu -and-Kashmir.
Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Vikas Kundal was the chief guest of the ceremony while prominent dignitaries from the Department of Health and representatives of pharmaceutical associations and drug regulatory authorities were present in the program.
Speaking on this occasion, DC Rajouri enlightened the participants on the various challenges surrounding the field. He sought the active cooperation of all stakeholders to bring about effective changes in the drug molecule pricing scenario. He said the Department will continue to organize several outreach programs to support PMRU initiatives.
The National Drug Controller, Lotika Khajuria, gave a detailed overview of the activities undertaken by UT’s PRMU. She expressed satisfaction with PMRU’s work at J&K and advised that the NPPA is monitoring the pricing of drug molecules to provide broader coverage to the existing list of capped formulations (scheduled and unscheduled).
Mohd Iqbal Palla (Deputy Controller of Drugs, Jammu) delivered a comprehensive speech covering all activities undertaken by NPPA and PMRU. He explained the mechanism and approach required to expose incidents of overcharging by pharmaceutical companies for the initial action of the NPPA.
Surinder Mohan Tikoo, Assistant Drug Controller, (HQ) J&K added that PMRU can play an important role in the healthcare system as our GLP population can benefit if drug molecules are prescribed only under generic names.
Hinna Hamid gave a detailed PowerPoint presentation highlighting the achievements of the PMRU unit while Archana Mujoo (Deputy Drug Controller) offered a vote of thanks to the participants.

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