MoPH Reviewed NMHRA Achievements and Existing Challenges - Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan

MoPH Reviewed NMHRA Achievements and Existing Challenges

 
The Ministry of Public Health reviewed the achievement of the National Medicine & Health Products Regulatory Authority and its existing challenges. 
 
The Ministry of Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan held a meeting to review the activities and achievements of the National Medicine & Health Products Regulatory Authority in order to improve the quality of medicines, health products and address the existing challenges of the health sector.
 
Establishment of the National Medicine & Health Products Regulatory Authority and the compilation of other parallel offices, monitoring of the medicine facilities, amendment of the licensing process, cancelation of the license of the companies that had previously obtained, but are not currently active, seizing of medicine of the foreign companies which did have license, paving the way for neighboring countries to invest in production of medicine in the country and facilitating the licensing process for medicine traders. These are the most important achievements of the ministry of public health in improving the quality of medicines.
 
H. E. Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, the Minister of Public Health said, “The medicine sector is one of the key components of the health sector and added, the ministry of public health decided to establish the National Office for Regulation of Medicine and Health Products to address the complaints of the people about the lack of quality medicines in the markets, and this office has managed to do significant work in this regard within one year.”
 
Dr. Feroz added, “the Ministry of Public Health has canceled about 800 licensed companies that are not active now, and 250 medicine companies which are currently operating, but are registered with the Ministry of Public Health, have been ten days, if they fail to get registered their companies within this time, their medicine products will be seized and their actions are considered a crime”.
 
Currently, 95 percent of medicine in Afghanistan comes from outside the country. Therefore, the Ministry of Public Health has agreed with some of the neighboring countries to introduce some reputable exporting companies to this ministry that can supply quality medicines in Afghanistan and stop those companies which produce poor quality medicine and smuggle it to Afghanistan. 
 
In addition, for the systematic establishment of pharmacies, it is planned to create a network of pharmacies, and each network will control one thousand pharmacies that can facilitate the monitoring process of the pharmacies.
 
On the other hand, the Ministry of Public Health will issue license to those companies that import or produce quality medicines that meet the Ministry’s standards, re-register the companies producing medicine, developing medicine pricing policy, establishing laboratories, regional offices and investing in domestic production are some of our plans to improve the quality of medicines.
 
It is worth mentioning that, the Ministry of Public Health has already signed five bilateral cooperation agreements with the Iranian Ministry of Health to improve health service delivery, improving the quality of medicines and encouraging domestic and foreign traders to invest in the medicine sector in Afghanistan.