Despite the dearth of drugs prevailing in Government hospitals, the All Island Private Pharmacy Owner's Association and the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka said that the private pharmacies have not been affected by the shortage of drugs as there are adequate stocks at present.
Speaking to Daily Mirror, All-Island Private Pharmacy Owners' Association (ACPPOA) President Chandika Gankanda said, although they are well aware that government hospitals are facing an acute drug shortage, there is no shortage of drugs in private pharmacies.
“We have noticed that patients are coming with prescriptions given by Government hospitals seeking drugs from private pharmacies,” he said.
Moreover, Gankanda said the prices of drugs can be decreased by 30 per cent despite Health Minister’s remarks that prices of drugs would be slashed by 10-15 %.
Meanwhile, Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka President Kalum Jayasuriya told Daily Mirror that “The private pharmacies are getting a high demand for drugs and consumables needed for surgeries, and pampers, sanitary pads and several other drugs including antibiotics because of the shortage in government hospitals. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
Ram Friday, 26 May 2023 09:51 AM
Super move by the bureaucrats. Those who can afford will but from pharmacies as it happened all the time. The poor must pay any buy from pharmacies as drugs are unavailable in Hospitals. Drug shortage in hospitals could be a plan to eliminate the poor.
VJ Friday, 26 May 2023 10:14 AM
So there is no such thing as free medical services as claimed by the government.
Dee Friday, 26 May 2023 02:26 PM
If price can be decreased by 30% why don’t they? Prove the Minister’s 10-15% reduction wrong by reducing 30%! All these guys are fooling the foolish public- actually some drugs have been further increased when the government reduced the exchange rate and also issued $ to fund imports. We all should get together and fight against these mafias! Not hold a placard saying ‘hold elections’ , ‘reduce tax’ etc. what can be reduced such as drugs, transport fare, poultry, food and bakery are not reduced in line with cost reduction.
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