Government’s decision to rescind drug import ban sparks positive feedback
AMMAN — Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh has reversed the Jordan Food and Drug Administration’s (JFDA) decision to ban the import of any medicine into the Kingdom without prior approval, regardless of quantity.
Khasawneh announced the decision during a meeting on Wednesday between parliament and government officials.
Some citizens hailed Khasawneh’s decision on social media, describing it as the “right decision”, expressing hope for lower drug prices and taxes in the future.
Twitter user Yasser Al Sayegh expressed his gratitude for the Prime Minister’s decision, posting: “I’m glad the decision is overturned. This is a great decision by the Prime Minister and I hope there will be another decision soon to reduce the drug tax because the price differences between Jordan and other countries are crazy.
Doctor and former member of the Jordanian Medical Association, Farah Shawawreh, wrote on Facebook that there are new drugs that have been shown to reduce kidney damage associated with diabetes, especially useful for people with heart failure. due to illness.
However, she added that “these drugs are not available in public health centers, but only in private hospitals, in complicated and time-consuming procedures”.
She also said that these drugs have high prices compared to their prices in other countries and called on the government to reduce taxes and drug prices.
Lama Montaser, a pharmacist in Amman, told The Jordan Times that the prime minister’s decision to reverse the JFDA ruling was “inevitable”.
“Many Jordanians get their medicines from abroad due to high prices and unavailability of some drugs,” Montaser said, underscoring his belief that the government should only restrict “non-life-saving” drugs.
She also stressed the need to reduce drug prices and ensure that all drugs are up to date so that people do not have to buy them overseas.
“The pharmaceutical industry is struggling in Jordan and we cannot deny it and this is due to high drug prices with low purchasing power of citizens and poor economic conditions,” Montaser added.
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