LHC seeks reply from government on lifesaving medicine price hike

01:45 PM | 19 Jan, 2019
LHC seeks reply from government on lifesaving medicine price hike
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LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed the federal and provincial governments to submit a reply over the recent price hike in medicines.

In a notification issued to the Drug Regulatory Authority in this regard, the court sought a reply from the federal and the provincial governments on the issue of the rise in medicine prices.

LHC’s Justice Shahid Waheed was hearing the petition filed by Advocate Nadeem Sarwar challenging the price hike.

The petitioner stated that the government has increased the lifesaving medicine price from 9% to 15%, instead of providing relief to the masses.

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He maintained that the government’s decision to raise the price of life-saving drugs was against the law as it violated articles 9 and 38d of the Constitution.

Earlier the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) issued a notification regarding the increase of up to 15% in the price of medicines with the approval of the federal government.