Iranian Health Minister Seyyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi announced that the country has managed to produce two new drugs each month under the tenure of President Hassan Rouhani despite all problems and deficiencies.
Here’s IFP’s translation of IRNA’s report on a ceremony held in Tehran on Saturday to introduce the country’s achievements in pharmaceutical industry.
Under the incumbent government, more than 60 new pharmaceutical products have been produced so far, Qazizadeh Hashemi said in an address to the ceremony.
If the Health Ministry receives further support, Iran can be more successful in this regard, he vowed.
The value of drugs imported to Iran was $1.35bn in 2012, but it was decreased to less than $1bn in 2014, the Iranian minister said, adding that the 57% share of domestic drugs has also grown to more than 70%.
There were 300 types of drugs no one could find in Iran, but the number is now reduced to less than 30, he went on to say.
He also noted that the export of Iranian pharmaceuticals has also doubled under Rouhani’s tenure
“In the field of drugs export to regional countries, Iran has strong rivals like Turkey and Jordan, which have made huge investment in the field,” Qazizadeh Hashemi said.
During the ceremony, several drugs for such diseases as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), mental illnesses, and cancer were unveiled.