Morocco – The pharmaceutical sector reform on track

January 28, 2013 2:26 pm0 commentsViews: 76

28012013The establishment of a new law on the Regulation of the pharmaceutical sector seems on the good track. This text that will be published  in the coming months will unblock the situation of 320 drugs which prices have been lowered. On this point, it should be noted that the Advisory Committee on Medicines and Health Products (CCMPS), under the Ministry of Health, recently met with various representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, namely, the National Federation of Pharmacists Morocco (AMIP) and the National Council of the Order of Pharmacists, to find common ground on various issues related to the pharmaceutical sector.

“It should be noted that this law will concern particularly expensive drugs used in oncology as well as against viral hepatitis and serious diseases,” says Mounir Tadlaoui, President of the Union of Pharmacists of Morocco. “However, we must emphasize that we intend to go further in our approach and we want to remove the VAT on medicines which is currently 7%. In addition, we will focus on other direct and indirect taxes, which amounted to 30% and more, increase the selling price, “adds Tadlaoui.

Furthermore, this new Law on the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry will replace the first one date from 1969 and completed outdated compared to the current context. In the meanwhile, regarding the quality of medicines, the Decree No. 2-12-198 on Bioequivalence of generic drugs was also added to the program of meetings between professionals of the sector to be finalized.

[by Ghizlane Badri - www.lesechos.ma]

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