Pakistan’s Ministry of Science and Technology is hitting the targets one by one. After the brilliant success of made in Pakistan ventilators, the Ministry of Science and Technology is all set to make stents for heart disease treatment.
On Monday, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, announce this great news by saying that
“A summary has been prepared and forwarded to the Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP) for approval. The manufacturing is expected to begin next week after approval.”
This is the first time that stents of international standards will locally manufactured in Pakistan. Certainly, the local manufacturing of stunts serves as a vital development for the country’s health sector.
Whereas, local production will meet the need for stents and make it more affordable. With the increasing demand os stents in Pakistan, it is quite difficult for any international company to full fill the demand on its own. Currently, Pakistan is exporting stunts from 3 to 4 countries to address the requirements.
“Each indigenously-built stent will cost Rs. 80,000 compared to Rs. 0.3 million for imported stents,” Minister said.
DRAP issued a license to NUST
Earlier in March 2020, the drug regulatory body issued a license to the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) to manufacture cardiac stents.
On August 18, 2017, the Medical Devices Development Centre (MDDC) led by Dr. Murtaza Najabat Ali at the NUST School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering successfully produced the cardiac stents.
Furthermore, this is the first time the Ministry of Science and Technology has funded a medical school to make devices to treat narrow or weak arteries.
Stents are small expandable tubes to treat narrowed arteries. It can reduce symptoms such as chest pain, and help to prevent cardiac arrest.
Moreover, there are two types of stents mostly use in Pakistan. One is a bare-metal stent and the second are drug-eluting stents. Besides this, the Bioresorbable stents are also a type but rarely in use in Pakistan.
Hopefully, this brilliant move will put a positive impact on local manufacturers.
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