Under the auspices of its Office of the Research Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC), the Pharmacy Department of the University of Peshawar is going to conduct bioequivalence study of the locally manufactured pharmaceutical products for export.

The initiative has been agreed upon in a meeting of the representative of various pharmaceutical companies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr Rasul Jan. The aim is to boost local drug exports by optimising its use potential through trust building in the international market.

The delegation led by Imtiaz Ahmed also discussed matter pertaining to establishment of ISO certification and FDA approved labs at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 Besides it was decided to take the relevant quarters on board in declaring UoP department of pharmacy as an appellant lab for the drugs manufacturers in the local pharma industry.

The locational disadvantage and more importantly the prevailing law and order situation has been the main cause of woes for the local industry, said Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Rasul Jan.

He added energy problems and costly raw material has made it difficult for the manufacturing companies to compete within the country on the basis of economy.

The Vice Chancellor viewed that bioequivalence study of the local drugs would build confidence of the consumer on its efficacy and resultantly enhance exports.

The modern role of Universities was to build knowledge economies and extend University Industry liaison for socio economic development of the country, he informed.

The meeting was attended by Director ORIC Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nisar, Chairman Department of Pharmacy Prof. Dr. Zafar Iqbal and others.