Oct 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has decided to temporarily lift the ban it imposed last month on the purchase of pharma drugs from four Indian pharmaceutical companies due to quality issues.
Sri Lanka's Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena on September 15 ordered to immediately suspend purchasing of all drugs from the four companies for repeated supply of substandard pharmaceutical drugs within the past 4 years.
The Cosmetics, Devices & Drugs Regulatory Authority (CDDRA) Sri Lanka decided to ban Laborate, Vivek, Bafna and Elysium Pharma of India for supplying the low quality drugs to Sri Lanka.
The Ministry said it has suspended importing 122 pharmaceuticals from the four companies and will consider purchasing the drugs from Bangladesh companies.
However, the Ministry has Wednesday decided to lift the suspension and order all pharmaceuticals except the six pharmaceuticals confirmed as substandard, CDDRA Director Dr. Hemantha Beneragama has said.
Dr. Beneragama has however indicated that the Ministry will still look for suppliers of pharmaceuticals in other countries.