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NMRA to Introduce Price Control for Additional 50 Medicinal Drugs Next Week

May 22, Colombo (LNW): National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) Chairman Dr. Ananda Wijewickrema announced that a gazette to set the maximum price for another 50 medicinal drugs will be issued next week.

Previously, price control was imposed on 60 drugs, and with the addition of 50 more, the total number of drugs under price control will increase to 110.

Dr. Wijewickrema assured that the NMRA will ensure the quality of medicinal drugs provided to patients. Speaking to the media yesterday, he emphasized that past medicinal drug problems will not recur as necessary steps have been taken by the authorities.

He also mentioned that the number of new drug registrations, which stood at 7,500 by the end of December, has now been reduced to 3,500. Additionally, the rate of drug registration increased significantly, with 1,000 drugs registered per month last October, compared to the previous average of about 57 per month.

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