Most of the essential medicines are produced in Bangladesh now. It was the consequence of a drug policy which was introduced in the eighties. It ensured the quality of medicine and at the same time helped local manufacturers.
But still some drugs are imported, some of which are produced locally and some are not. In many cases imported medicine don’t have price and expiry date on it. Some vendors are utilizing it. They are selling those in high prices. Patients who are using it don’t know whether it is expired or not. Quality is another concern. No objection certificate from drug administration is required for imported medicine. But there is allegation that they are allowing it after examining the papers only. They never perform laboratory test. On the other hand Bangladeshi medicine exporters face strict laboratory test when they export their products in those countries.
Many medicines are imported illegally. Neuro-B is a pain killer which costs only twenty five taka and manufactured by a local company. But same medicine imported from Germany costs one hundred and thirty taka. Local anticancer injection costs ten to twelve thousand taka, but imported anticancer injections cost thirty to forty thousand taka. Not only that it was found that same medicine is sold at around two thousand taka and another vendor is selling at around nine thousand taka. It is alleged that some physicians are prescribing costly imported medicines instead of local medicines because they have understanding with importers. Serious patients suffer the most.