Only one Pakistani company manufacturing vaccine of Hepatitis-B

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Hepatitis-B vaccine in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Health Services Regulation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar on Thursday informed the Senate that only one Pakistani company is manufacturing the vaccine of Hepatitis B.
During the question hour, she said that the company is producing two types of Hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccine is being used for adults and children.
The minister said, the maximum retail price for adult dose is Rs. 368.80 and Rs.223 for children dose.
She further said that four companies are manufacturing TB medicines in the country.
These drugs have different strengths and are available in tablet and syrup forms the minister said.
Saira Afzal Tarar said there is no commercial import of Anti-TB drugs. However, she said, there are donation of anti TB drugs being allowed from 8 countries as a special case under permission granted by the federal government.
To another question, she said, Ministry concerned constitutes a special medical board to allow medical treatment abroad.
The minister said, medical treatment abroad is made available only for cases where such treatment is not available within the country.
All diagnostic investigations are to be completed and done in Pakistan, she said. The minister said the Prime Minister is the competent authority to approve medical treatment abroad. …APP

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