ISLAMABAD - Utterly alarmed by the poor quality control of drugs across the country, Federal Ministry of National Regulation has proposed to enhance members of the Drug Regulatory Authority with induction of experts from Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA and Kashmir.

According to the proposed bill, which is expected to be tabled in the next National Assembly session, experts from newly established province Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA and Kashmir will be included in the Drug Regulatory Authority to represent their regions.

Officials from Ministry of National Regulations told TheNation on Wednesday that the authorities have finalized the draft bill which will be tabled in the National Assembly for debate.

According to the draft, the number of members of the Regulatory Authority have been increased to 13 from 7 with the induction of members from FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Meanwhile, total number of members of policy board has exceeded to 16.

The bill suggests that Secretaries Health of all the four provinces will be the Members of Drug Regulatory Authority Authority. It is for the first time that Gilgit Baltistan, Fata and Kashmir have been given representation in the Authority.

The final draft bill further suggests that Chief Executive Officer of the Drug Regulatory Authority would be would be M.Phil in Pharmacy and while preference will be given to the candidates having 20-year experience in the field of pharmacy.

The appointment would be of Prime Minister’s discretion. The authority would register Homeopathic, Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicines. Food supplements, cosmetics and medical devises would also be brought under the net of law.

According to the proposed Drug Regulatory bill, six more departments including quality control, pharmacy services, health, finance and pricing will be established to ensure better quality of drugs.

Keeping in view the importance of the bill, the committee decided to have threadbare discussions on the bill for the meaningful input, while the bill will be tabled in the forthcoming session of the National Assembly.