Posted on February 03, 2011

THE Minister of Health HE Abdullah bin Khalid al Qahtani officially inaugurated Qatar Pharma, the first pharmaceutical company and intravenous infusion facility in the country, on Wednesday.

The company, which has been designed as per the standards of Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) pharmaceutical products and Food and Drug Administration of the US (FDA), has a capacity to produce 26,000,000 polypropylene bags of different sizes, including 100ml, 250ml, 500ml, 1,000ml and 2,000ml as well as 20,200,000 polyethylene capped bottles of 500ml.

Having latest equipment in the IV field, Qatar Pharma will provide a wide range of life-saving IV solutions including anti-bacterial, anti-biotic, volume expanders, amino acids, neonatal poly electrolytes, carbohydrates, rehydration IV and irrigation.

Talking on the occasion, al Qahtani said, “The pharmacy sector is growing in the GCC region and I see a lot of opportunity for the company in the near future.

I hope it caters to this growing market with the support of health authorities of the GCC countries.” General Manager of Qatar Pharma Dr Yehia el Sharkawi made a presentation on the safety measures from production to packaging of bags and bottles.

El Sharkawi said, “Our production environment criterion is controlled by the Building Management System.

All our equipment have been tested and are fit for installation, operation and production.

Our products are manufactured as per the latest editions of British, the US and European Pharmacopeia.” Senior Sales Officer of Qatar Pharma Sathish Kumar said the company has already started production since last year and is currently exporting its products to many GCC countries.

“Last year, the company did good business.

Despite being in the first phase of its three-phased expansion programme, the company managed to export its products in the region.

Besides the GCC countries, it exported products to Libya and Syria,” he added.

Kumar said that after a few formalities, the company will start exporting its products to Saudi Arabia too.

“The company despite being new, is a major stakeholder in the market claiming 70 to 80 percent of the local IV solutions market.

In the next three years, we plan to expand in a big way.

We seek to have our own blood bags, dialysis filters, dialysis solutions and amino acid solutions,” he said.

The event was attended by several GCC health ministers, who are in the city to attend the GCC Health Ministers’ Conference.

source: Gulf Times