PM annuls decision prohibiting entry of medicines from abroad

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AMMAN — Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh on Wednesday reversed the Jordan Food and Drug Administration’s decision to prohibit the entry of medicines, in any quantity, into Jordan without the agency’s approval, according to Khaberni.اضافة اعلان

Several Lower House members also signed a memorandum calling for reducing customs duties on drugs, in light of the difficult economic situation.

Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Center for Human Rights Ibrahim Al-Bdour had called on the government to reduce the prices of drugs, making them comparable to those in other countries, instead of preventing people from bringing drugs from abroad, according to Jo24.

Noting that the prices of medicines in Jordan is high compared to prices in many other countries, Bdour also urged the government to provide concessions and facilities to pharmaceutical companies, to encourage them to manufacture medicines in Jordan, which is the case with Turkey and Egypt, as that would help bring prices down and lessen the burden on citizens needing to buy them.

Bdour said that the previous government revised the prices and lowered them, including those of stents, which used to be sold for JD3,000 and now sell for JD500, adding that there may be another price reduction.

He stressed that it is the citizens’ right to buy medication needed for treatment, and not to sale, at lower prices, and that the government should review local drug prices.