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    South Asia
     Feb 28, '14


Smuggled drugs save lives in Pakistan
By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR - They are contraband, yet a large number of Pakistanis have come to depend on drugs made in India and smuggled into Pakistan. Patients as well as doctors say these are cheap and effective, even as law enforcers look the other way. The two countries do not have a trade agreement on drugs, but



markets in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the north of Pakistan do brisk business in India-made medicines that are sold over the counter.

Doctors in rural areas prescribe them to people who cannot afford the pharmaceutical products of Western multinational companies or do not find local brands effective, while most of the 60,000 chemists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) rake in a good income from the sale of Indian drugs.

Patients in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA are the biggest beneficiaries of Indian drugs. That is because Afghanistan purchases drugs from India under a trade agreement and from there the medicines are smuggled to these two areas that border the neighboring country. More ...

(Inter Press Service)





 

 

 
 



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