Lanka has not banned Indian drugs

Sri Lanka has not banned any Indian drug manufacturer, the Indian Press Information Bureau said in a statement.

The Bureau said that some media reports appeared in the Sri Lankan media press alleging the supply of low quality drugs by Indian exporters and there were other reports alleging the suspension of some Indian companies by Sri Lanka for violation of tender terms.

“Discussions were held with concerned authorities in Sri Lankan Government by the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka as also during the visit of Health Minister of Sri Lanka to New Delhi during July-August, 2011 wherein the need for clear technical specifications in the tendering process was stressed so as to prevent entry of sub-standard and low quality drugs in Sri Lankan market,” the statement said.

It said that drugs and pharmaceutical products are exported only after meeting stringent regulatory requirements prescribed by the regulatory authorities in various countries.

Besides, Indian exporters have to comply with quality norms prescribed for manufacturing of drugs and pharmaceuticals in India by Drug Controller General of India under Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

Any reported violation is viewed seriously and is dealt with as per prescribed procedure under Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

When the Colombo Gazette contacted the Sri Lankan Health Ministry regarding this statement a spokesman at the Ministry also confirmed that Sri Lanka has not banned any Indian drugs manufacturer.

Health Ministry spokesman W.M.D Wanninayake said that the issue had been resolved following discussions last year.