Drug prices increased 4 times during PTI govt’s three years

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KARACHI: Medicine prices have increased four times in the last three years.
In the first few months of the current government, the first health minister, Amir Kayani, was fired for raising medicines up to 400 times, but the rise in drug prices did not come down.For the past two and a half years, the portfolio has been held by former health assistant Zafar Mirza and now Faisal Sultan, during which the prices of medicines have tripled.
People associated with the pharma industry said that overall the prices of medicines have gone up by about 30 per cent and the prices of some medicines have gone up by 400 per cent.
Zahid Bakhtawari, head of All Pakistan Pharma Industry, says doctors should be required to prescribe salt or formula, not brand names.