Pakistan: Factory making fake Hepatitis C drug raided

Assisted by the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), personnel of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) raided one of the local industries in Islamabad’s Kahuta industrial area here Saturday, leading to the discovery of unlawful manufacturing of Sofasbuvir tablets, which are used for the treatment of Hepatitis C, and Everlong tablets, the registration of which has long been withdrawn.

Crackdown against unregistered, spurious and fake medicines has been intensified on the directions of Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar. Talking to this scribe, the minister said, “I have already announced zero tolerance for manufacturing of unregistered and spurious drugs. Several factories have been sealed and action as per law is being taken without discrimination.” She added that all field offices of DRAP in the provinces have been asked to maintain strict vigil on the criminal trade of spurious drugs and take immediate and stern action under the law.


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