It appears that Drugs Registration Authority is no longer an attached or subordinate organisation of the Ministry of National Health Services and is virtually functioning as supreme body over the this ministry. The Authority has registered 95000 preparations of different brands of medicines, of which 75,000 are neutroceuticals of zero efficacies. The latter category of medicines has been registered at very high prices. Instead of doing of its mandated job of not registering substandard drugs, DRAP has instructed doctors to avoid prescribing the multivitamins to patients as food supplements in their prescription.
DRAP is entirely responsible for not implementing the relevant clauses of quality raw material production, included in the health policy of 1960 and Drugs Act 1975, by the multinational and national pharmaceutical companies for manufacturing medicines. The membership of the authority consists of 20 members, which include sleeping members from pathology, pharmacology, pharmacy and so called virology but no bio-chemistry scientist as active members. This is the reason that DRAP is functioning on non-professional basis. The flooding of market with substandard but expensive medicines is no surprise. It is high time to reorganize DRAP on professional lines.