The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI)-led federal government has decided to conduct a special audit of the Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP).
The decision was taken in the wake of a rapid increase of up to 300 percent in medicine prices across the country including the federal capital Islamabad.
The audit will help the government estimate actual prices of these drugs correctly, an official source said.
The Ministry of Health has already written a letter to the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) in this regard. The ministry has requested a special audit of the last five years – from 2013 to 2018 – regarding the transparency in the pricing process of medicines.
The Minister for Health underscored the need for making DRAP’s performance transparent and up to international standards.
“The audit report will not only increase the masses’ trust in the authority but, will also assure provision of cheap and quality medicine,” he added.
Note that Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Thursday, had ordered concerned authorities to take strict action against those involved in the unnatural price hike and to bring down the prices back to the previous state.