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Govt to Reduce Prices of 94 Key Lifesaving Drugs: Dr Faisal Sultan


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ISLAMABAD– The cabinet has decided to reduce prices of key lifesaving drugs, including Remdesivir- for treatment of COVID-19, Dr Faisal Sultan announced during media briefing on Tuesday.

Briefing media about decisions taken by the federal cabinet, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Health Services said price of Remdesivir is being reduced from over 10,000 rupees to 8400 rupees. Besides, prices of 94 medicines have been rationalized to ensure availability of quality medicines at reasonable rates.

The Special Assistant said it will also ensure availability of sufficient stock of these medicines and to end shortage.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Syed Shibli Faraz said the cabinet held detailed discussion on Anti-Rape Investigation and Prosecution Bill in view of growing incidents of rape.

He said the bill suggests exemplary punishments for rapists, use of modern technology in investigating such cases and protection of rape victims. He said the bill will cover the loopholes in the existing laws. He said final draft of the bill will be presented in the next cabinet meeting.

The Information Minister said a detailed briefing was given on rising circular debt in the power sector that is cancerous to country’s economy. He said the cabinet was told that practical steps are being taken to reduce the circular debt and bring down power tariff.

To a question, Sultan said situation with regard to COVID-19 is stable. He said better compliance of the SOPs is being witnessed in the schools.