A stay order has been issued by the Peshawar High Court on Thursday against the recent increase in the prices of medicine.
The notices have been issued by the bench of Peshawar High Court comprising Justice Ikramullah Khan to the chief federal and provincial law officers to submit their reply to a constitutional petition filed against the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) over the increase in the price of medicine by 15 per cent.
“People are dying while you are increasing the prices of medicine,” observed the judge of the high court.
He further remarked that the pharmacies hoarding the medicines to create an artificial shortage of drugs in the market would be sealed.
It is pertinent to mention here that a similar petition against the hike in medicine prices is pending in the Lahore High Court (LHC).
During the preliminary hearing of the petition on Jan 18 filed by Nadeem Sarwar, the bench of the high court directed the respondents to submit their response in the next hearing.
Nadeem Sarwar, the petitioner said that the increase in the prices of medicines is illegal and no formula had been determined by the authorities for the fixation of drugs prices. “And without a price formula, the prices of medicines could not be fixed,” he added.
He pleaded the Peshawar High Court (PHC) to declare the notification issued by DRAP as null and void and also order for determination of a formula to fix the prices of medicines.