A meeting was held at the Ministry of Narcotics Control on 19th November, 2018. Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics Control, Director General, Anti Narcotics Force, Director (Controlled Drugs), Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan as well as other officers of Ministry of Narcotics Control, Anti Narcotics Force and Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan also participated in the meeting.
2. Representatives of the Pharma industry i.e. Pharma Bureau (PB) and Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) participated in the meeting and expressed their reservations on the new SOPs.
3. The Honorable Minister for Narcotics Control assured the Pharma Industry that their valid concerns shall be attended to on priority. He directed the committee on Allocation of Quota of Controlled Substances to look into the concerns of the pharma industry and resolve all outstanding issues within a fortnight.
Meeting of the Committee for Allocation of Quota of Controlled Substances Used in Medicines held in Ministry of Narcotics Control on 7TH November, 2018
A meeting of the Committee for Allocation of Quota of Controlled Substances was held on Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 in the Ministry of Narcotics Control (MNC) chaired by the Secretary, MNC being the Chairman of the said Committee. Representatives of MNC, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) also participated in the meeting. The meeting aimed to finalize and approve the SOPs for allocation of quota of controlled substance which are used in the manufacture/import of essential/life saving drugs. Representatives of Pharma associations including Pharma Bureau (PB) and Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (PPMA) also participated in the meeting.
2. The representatives of PB and PPMA highlighted their concerns and explained their point of view on the revised SOPs. DRAP representatives explained the salient features of newly revised SOPs which shall facilitate the Pharma industry as well as needy patients. The SOPs shall also be a tool for eliminating the discretionary powers and helpful in expediting export procedures of controlled medicines. The chairman of the Committee also emphasized that improvement of procedures is a continuous process and these SOPs should be reviewed periodically for further improvements. This revision in SOPs is being done in order to not only facilitate the industry but also keeping in view regulatory concerns.
3. The Pharma Industry representatives appreciated the efforts of MNC, DRAP and ANF for listening to their point of view and redressing their concerns. The Secretary, MNC while concluding ensured to substantially improve and further streamline the procedures for approval of allocation of controlled substances which would definitely benefit the society for availability of controlled drugs in the market.
Dated: 19th October 2018
Subject: Briefings to the Federal Minister for Narcotics Control on Ministry of Narcotics Control and
Anti Narcotics Force (ANF)
The Federal Minister for Narcotics Control Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan Mehr was given briefings by the Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics Control (MNC), Mr. Arif Nawaz Khan, and the Director General Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), Maj. Gen. Musarrat Nawaz Malik, HI (M). The officers in their respective briefings apprised the Minister of engagements of MNC and ANF. It was told that the despite serious issue of absence of adequate manpower, space and funds, the Ministry and ANF were making concerted efforts to take one the challenge of menace of drugs from the country. It was due to the relentless efforts of the Ministry that Pakistan had been maintaining “Poppy Free Status” since 2001. However, a lot more efforts were still required to be made to purge the society from narcotic and synthetic drugs. It was further apprised that the youth had developed a serious tendency towards drug abuse. Keeping in view severity of the issue, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) also adopted a resolution titled “Strengthening efforts to prevent drug use in educational settings” on Pakistan’s initiative in its 61st Session held in Vienna, Austria, this year.
The Minister appreciated efforts of MNC and ANF in drug demand reduction, drug supply reduction and international cooperation in order to cleanse Pakistan from menace of drugs. He also assured that he would highlight all the issues faced by the MNC and ANF at the appropriate forums to resolve it so that the efficiency of both MNC and ANF could be enhanced to better cope up with the situation on ground and emerging trends.
Dated: 18th October 2018
The Ministry of Narcotics Control (MNC) held National Stakeholders Meeting today on Pakistan sponsored resolution titled “Strengthening Efforts to Prevent Drug Abuse in Educational Settings” under chairmanship of the Secretary MNC. The resolution was adopted by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) on Pakistan’s initiative in its 61st Session held in March this year in Vienna, Austria.
Mr. Arif Nawaz Khan, Secretary MNC, welcomed the participants and Syed Khalid Gardezi, Senior Joint Secretary MNC, gave briefing on the resolution. The meeting was aimed at sensitizing the stakeholders on the challenges posed by drug use and abuse in educational settings, which can seriously undermine the national pursuit for providing opportunities for the health and well-being of children and youth. The objective of the meeting was to develop a national implementation strategy to curb the menace of drug use in educational institutions through a national consultation process.
Various important implementation aspects i.e. development of curricula for all levels of education, effective nation-wide coordination mechanism among stakeholders, introducing reach-out partnership programmes involving teachers, students and parents, trainings of teachers and staff, increased awareness raising and social partnership, review and amend legislation to make it more effective and deterrent, and effective enforcement by law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies were thoroughly discussed in the meeting. The participants came up with valuable inputs; and pledged to play their due role toward effective and meaningful implementation of the Resolution. It was also highlighted that curbing the menace of drugs particularly from educational settings at every level is a “Shared Responsibility”; and it is incumbent upon everyone to secure the future of youth in Pakistan. The implementation status of the resolution will be showcased in upcoming 62nd session of the CND next year.
It was phase-1 of the National Stakeholders Meeting. Representatives of the concerned Federal Ministries, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and departments, LEAs of the Governments of the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir participated. The next phase of consultation process will be carried out in Karachi with representatives of the Governments of Sindh, Balochistan and NGOs.