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E-DRUG: Concession of customs duty on import of raw materials in Pakistan
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[can E-druggers please try to limit the number of words in titles. The full 
title of this was: Concession of customs duty on import of pharmaceutical raw 
materials for essential medicines. Moderator]

In the budget 2007-08 (Pakistan), it is proposed that the custom duty on the 
raw materials of essential medicines will be @ zero percent. It was also 
suggested that the medicines for life threatening diseases like cancer, 
HIV/AIDS and hepatitis may also be excluded from custom duty.

This will help in improving access to essential medicines in the country.
The government needs to ensure that the reduction in prices of raw materials 
also translates in the reduction of retail prices.

Azhar Hussain
Director (Associate Professor)
Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hamdard University
F-8 Markaz, Islamabad
Pakistan
00-92-51-2856901 Ext. 217
00-92-51-2856433 (Fax)
"Azhar Hussain" <azhar_hussain@hamdard-isb.edu.pk>


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