LAHORE - The multinational pharmaceutical company Ehticon has earned a profit of approximately Rs7 billion with the illegal 500 percent raise in prices of surgical sutures during the last one year, which needs to be taken back from their accounts and a system of accountability must be introduced such multinational companies. These views were expressed in a joint press statement issued by office-bearers of Pakistan Medical Association and Young Doctors Association Dr Shahid Malik, Dr Ashraf Nizami, Dr M Tanveer Anwar, Dr Izhar Ch, Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi and Dr Talha Sherwani. Office-bearers said after PMA & YDA raised this issue in public and court via media, the Ethicon Company has been forced to decrease the suture prices by 350 per cent. In the near past the company had raised the prices of sutures by 500pc and introduced new codes in market without proper registration and this continued for the last 7 months after which Ethicon company has got these codes registered after setting the affairs with the Federal Health Ministry but they have been forced to decrease the prices of surgical sutures by 350 per cent i.e. Prolene, Catgut, Vicryl and price of other sutures have been decreased from Rs24,000 to 10,000 per dozen and from Rs7,000 to 3,000 per dozen. PMA & YDA office-bearers have appealed to the Chief Justice Supreme Court and Lahore High Court to take action against the company and forced them to submit the 7 billion rupees approximately which they have earned from the public, back to the government.