Feb 25, 2019, 5:11 PM
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Iran produces 120 new medicines under sanctions

Tehran, Feb 25, IRNA – One-hundred twenty medicinal items have been produced in Iran since mid-winter 2017 despite sanctions, said the head of Food and Drug Administration of Iran on Monday.

'Forty of the new products are chemical, 40 herbal and the rest biological types of medicines and raw materials,' said Mehdi Pirsalehi.

Pirsalehi added the domestic production provides 70 percent of the need of the country and 30 percent are still imported.

He also added that the imported items are prioritized to be produced by Iranian companies and that 180 pharmaceutical companies are making medicines in Iran.

Pirsalehi said that the medicine shortage is unavoidable and even the countries that are not sanctioned may have to deal with shortages.

He went on to say that the medicine market in the country is under control and Iran suffers from shortage of only 21 medicinal items.


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