Pakistan to locally manufacture, export four antisera

Pakistan is all set to produce self-sufficient snake anti-venom and anti-rabies serum by next month.

  • Pakistan is all set to produce self-sufficient snake anti-venom and anti-rabies serum by next month.
  • The institution is planning to export the antidote as it has an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification.
  • Currently, the institute is manufacturing one-third of needed antidote.
  • The plant has been completed and will begin manufacturing antisera by mid-February.

antisera

Pakistan is all set to produce self-sufficient snake anti-venom and anti-rabies serum by next month. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has subsequently established an antisera-manufacturing plant.

Currently, the institute is manufacturing one-third of needed antidote.

ISO Certification

After manufacturing starts, the country will become self-sufficient in the manufacturing of four antisera. The institution is planning to export the antidote as it has an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification.

The total cost of the plant was estimated at Rs751 million. Now the plant has been completed and will begin manufacturing by mid-February.

The National Institute of Health, Executive Director, Maj Gen Dr. Aamer Ikram told Dawn, “The project was planned in early 2000, and the cost of the project was estimated at Rs147 million. However, a Finnish team that was working on it left Pakistan due to safety concerns in 2004.

Dr. Ikram added several government officials have recently visited the plant and admired its apparatus and other services.

Functions and Features of the plant:

  • ISO certification
  • A surveillance system that will collect data from all over Pakistan
  • Locally produce anti-venom, the rabies serum, tetanus toxoid or the diphtheria antitoxin.
  • The plant would run in shifts and manufacture more vials that are needed.

Ikram further added the institute was dedicated to assisting healthcare institutions all over the country in dealing with public health problems.


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