SPC confident no shortage of essential drugs – Dr. Gunasena
By Shiran Ranasingha
The Chairman of the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) Dr. Prasanna Gunasena said that after getting fully rid of the drug mafia here, the SPC had been able to import drugs valued at Rs 14 billion during the past one-and-a half- month period.
He said that certain firms had carried out a campaign to imply that there was a shortage of essential drugs due to the impact of COVID-19.
However, Dr. Gunasena said due to a well-coordinated programme implemented by them, the SPC had been able to import some of the most important drugs including those prescribed for cancer patients.
He said presently there was no shortage of essential drugs in hospitals countrywide. He added that already a short and long-term programme has been formulated by them to bring down essential drugs up to July next year.
Dr. Gunasena noted that a sum of Rs 4.5 billion that had to be paid to drug importing firms during the tenure of the previous United National Front-led regime had already been paid and stressed that the monies due for the remaining firms will also be paid in due course.