Egyptian pharmacists' union calls on President Sisi to resolve shortage of 1,688 meds

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Dec 2016

A file photo of a pharmacy in Cairo (Photo:Reuters)

Egypt's Pharmacists Syndicate called on President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday to intervene to resolve the crisis of shortages in hundreds of medications.

In a statement, the syndicate said that its survey of medicine availability on the market during the month of November following the flotation of the Egyptian pound showed that there has been a shortfall in 1,688 types of medications.

"The crisis of medicine shortage worsened after the flotation decision by Egypt's central bank, which led pharmaceutical companies to suspend imports and place restrictions on distribution," the syndicate said.

The syndicate also asked Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal to intervene to end the crisis.

Egypt has recently faced difficulties importing both medicine and raw materials used in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals.

Medicine manufacturers have complained that medicine prices need to increase in light of the rise in the price of the dollar in Egypt to avoid financial losses.

In late November, the House of Representatives formed a fact-finding committee to determine causes for medicine shortages.

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