‘Shortage of life-saving drugs won’t be tolerated’

By Our Correspondent
May 25, 2024
Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Kh Imran Nazir gestures while chairing a meeting in this video released on April 4, 2024. — Screengrab via Facebook/Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department

LAHORE: Provincial Health Minister Khawaja Imran Nazir has said that the shortage of life-saving medicines will not be tolerated in any case. The black sheep involved in the shortage of medicines will not be spared as per Punjab Chief Minister’s instructions. He expressed these views during a call-on with representatives of drug distributors on Friday.


The minister appealed to the drug distributors to support the government in exposing the elements involved in life-saving drug hoarding and shortage. He informed that a Distributors Inventory Management System (DMIS) has been developed which will make the drug supply process transparent and ensure its uninterrupted supply. He said that citizens had fundamental right to have uninterrupted access to medicines. The provincial minister assured that the demands of drug distributors would be sympathetically considered and the local pharma industry will be fully supported for the manufacturing of medicines in the country.

The drug distributors, on the occasion, apprised the health minister of their apprehensions about the newly developed DMIS and submitted some demands in this regard, upon which, the minister directed Drug Control Wing to constitute a technical committee comprising three representatives of drug distributors so that their issues could be resolved amicably.

Director General Drug Control M Sohail, Additional Secy Dr Qalandar, Chief Drug Control Azhar Jamal Salimi, Secretary PQCB Dr M Hayat and others were present on this occasion.