JFDA reduced the price of 873 drugs in 2021 — official

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AMMAN — Director-General of the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) Nizar Mhaidat announced Tuesday that the prices of 873 pharmaceutical items have been reduced during 2021, noting that reduction rates ranged between 1 to 87 percent, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

In a press conference, Mhaidat said that the price of medicines is one of the most important issues that the agency had worked on during 2021, adding that what is important is to provide citizens with medicines at the most appropriate prices.

Mhaidat said that the JFDA had reviewed the prices of 23 percent of existing, registered and circulating medicines in Jordan which resulted in the reduction of prices of 873 pharmaceutical brands.

There are a total of 4,183 drugs registered with the JFDA that are priced and in circulation, according to Mhaidat.

Meanwhile, Jordan exported 2,294 pharmaceutical products to 59 markets around the world in 2021, despite the “difficulty of shipping and transportation” during the COVID19 pandemic, Mhaidat said.

He added that Jordan enjoys a JD150 million trade surplus in pharmaceuticals.

In pre-pandemic years, Jordanian drugs were exported to 71 global markets, according to Mhaidat, who added that the total value of local pharmaceutical exports amounted to JD528.9 million. On the other hand, 2,971 imported medicinal products were approved in 2021, he said.

Mhaidat said that 284 medical brands were registered in 2021, of which 174 were local and 110 were imported.

The value of food imports, last year, amounted to about JD2.2 billion, which is a “large number for imports of foodstuff”. In contrast, the value of food exports amounted to JD610 million, according to Mhaidat.

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