Lahore—Over 4,000 cosmetic production companies are operating in the country without registration and certification from the Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP), Pakistan Pharmacists Association (PPA) leader said on Sunday.
He said except four cosmetic companies, which were registered with DRAP, the rest were producing unhygienic products, including whitening creams.
Those companies, he claimed, were using steroids and mercury in their products which created brightness temporarily but its aftermath impact was much dangerous for skin and might cause skin diseases.
Advertisement of such products on television channels was a violation of the Advertisement Act 1986 which restricted unregistered and unhygienic products of the medical sector, he added.
He said there was no system about fixing and checking of prices of these products.
There was no online data of prices from any company being marketed in the country.
Noor Mehar urged the government to order pharmaceutical companies to provide data of drug prices online to protect rights of consumers.
It may be mentioned here that majority of cosmetics, including whitening creams, by unregistered companies have not quality certificate from the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) as well, a report of the PCSIR said.