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DRAP high-up’s willful failure to obey Supreme Court orders is clearly contempt of court

DRAP high-up’s willful failure to obey Supreme Court orders is clearly contempt of court

DRAP high-up’s willful failure to obey Supreme Court orders is clearly contempt of court By: Yasir Khan – Health Reporter – Islamabad ISLAMABAD: On the order of the Supreme Court, the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) has started the process of appointments in the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) by advertising 192 posts. DRAP advertised for the posts three times but failed to finalize any appointment except CEO. In the wake of media reports on conflicts of interest in medicine industry, health regulator DRAP is facing increasing pressure from government agencies and non-government watchdog groups to manage, reduce and eliminate conflicts that could lead to bias in patient care and research. This article will review recent efforts to increase transparency in relationships between health regulator DRAP and the pharmaceutical, herbal and device industries, and discuss some of the challenges facing DRAP in identifying and reporting conflicts of interest (COIs). A bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk closed a lengthy suo motu hearing on the tangled affairs of DRAP on April 9, 2015 and directed the authorities to appoint “permanent directors” in its 13 directorates within 15 days.DRAP has 14 directorates and only few permanent directors to run them. Furthermore, most of the directors are appointed against prescribed criteria, which are written in DRAP service rules. One year gone but still Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan’s High-ups are not ready to accept the orders of the honorable Supreme court & DRAP high-up’s [...]