Drug firms, govt enter tiff in prices row

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Ten out of eleven pharmaceutical companies which were scheduled to hold talks with the government refused to meet the representatives in hiked prices row Friday.
The two sides were supposed to hold a dialogue at 10am.
Not a single representative of the companies that had acquired stay order from courts reached the talks site.
Secretary Health and State Minster for National Health Services and Regulations, Saira Afzal Tarar among others waited for the companies’ delegations.
The minister said that profit-earners would not be given power to blackmail the government. She said that the ministry has approached a court in the matter and is hopeful that its stance would be heard.
It should be mentioned here that as many as eleven pharmaceutical companies had hiked medicines’ prices and refused to budge in the issue that followed.
In a press briefing, Tarar said that Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association’s chairman came for the meeting and was told to come through proper channel and first approach an internal authority to resolve the issue instead of contacting high court.
She said that it is the third time in Pakistan Muslim League-N’s tenure that pharmaceutical companies have indulged in a tiff with the government.