According to the reporters of Uncle Fixer, the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) requested a reduction in the sales tax. On locally produced pharmaceutical products in a letter to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday.
At a press conference, Qazi Mansoor Dilawar, president of the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) announced. That the government had decreased the 17 percent sales tax to one percent.
The final products and raw materials will both be subject to a 1% sales tax. Companies will be able to open new letters of credit (LCs) as of July 1 after they removed the tax, he said.
The previous administration imposed a 17 percent sales tax on pharmaceutical products. Which, according to NHS Minister Abdul Qadir Patel, caused a decline in pharmaceutical output. And raised the possibility of a shortage of life-saving medications.
They decided to ask the PM to lower the sales tax to just 1 percent after holding a meeting with the finance department. Which included the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA), the official said.
Medicine output has plummeted as a result of the PTI government's 17 percent sales tax, according to the minister.
The minister said that several factories that were about to close would benefit from the action.
Patients had little alternative but to pay high prices. For imported products, supply was declining, according to Mr. Patel. The PPMA chairman expressed his gratitude to the federal ministers and prime minister.
Additionally, the government has promised to release the sales tax refund by July 15," he added.
On June 23, the pharmaceutical industry gave the government until June 30 to accede to its three requests. If not, the cash-strapped sector would have no choice but to shut down.
To stop the business from collapsing. Mr. Dilawar demanded that the government refund Rs. 40 billion in sales tax it had received on the import of raw materials. Remove the 17 percent sales tax and raise drug prices by 20 to 25 percent.
He had stated that there was already a shortage of about 40 drugs simultaneously on the market. If immediate action was not taken, the shortfall would become alarming. He said that the previous administration had pledged to repay the sales tax that they imposed as a result of IMF pressure within 48 hours. But regretted that no system had been set up for doing so, preventing the reimbursement of an enormous Rs40 billion.
Meanwhile, the situation got worse when there was a massive increase occur in the price of raw materials. There was a huge increase in the prices of electricity and fuel and a devaluation of the rupee.
The PPMA president debunked the notion that the industry was reaping windfall profits subsequently. By stating that many medications cost more than they should. Also, 70% of Pakistani medications were less expensive than those found in India and Bangladesh.