In Uzbekistan a lot has been done to provide the population with medicines and for the development of pharmaceutical industry, as well as to reduce the cost of medicines, including those imported. These issues were mentioned at a conference organized by the Ministry of Health on December 16 at the National Press Center.
Currently, there are a number of laws and regulations, aimed at the development of pharmaceutical industry, provision of quality, safe and at the same time, inexpensive drugs.
If in the first years of independence there were only 2 drug manufacturing companies, which manufactured a total of 20 types of drugs, now there are 139 of them. These companies manufacture over 1,300 types of drugs that are registered and approved for use in medical practice.
Currently 26 domestic pharmaceutical companies have implemented in their activities the international standards ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and GMP (good manufacturing practice) standard recommended by the World Health Organization.
Speaking about the export potential, it was noted that currently 17 domestic pharmaceutical companies export pharmaceutical and medical products to over 20 countries around the world, and along with local drugs they manufacture a number of original drugs from medicinal plants growing in Uzbekistan.
- One of the main directions of development of the industry - is to start production lines using local raw materials in particular in Free industrial zones in Angren and Djizak. Uzbekistan has a huge potential for the development of pharmaceutical industry - it is both our rich medicinal flora, as well as research institutes, which operate at a high level. Manufacture of drugs is a very complex technological process and the fact that we have such a large number of local enterprises in this sector is an excellent indicator at international level - told our correspondent the Deputy Chief of the quality control of medicines and medical equipment of the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan Dilorom Nasyrova.
Scientific base of the country is also at a high level, particularly in the pharmaceutical direction R&D is carried out at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry after A. Sadykov and Institute of Plant Chemistry after S. Yu. Yunusov, Uzbek Academy of Sciences, as well as in Tashkent Pharmaceutical Institute and Research Chemical-Pharmaceutical Institute of Uzbekistan.
So, in 20 years these institutes on the basis of local plants have developed about 30 original drugs that are currently manufactured by local companies.
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