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Jokowi eyes sufficiency in pharma industry

  • News Desk

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Sat, November 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Drug prescription for treatment medication. Pharmaceutical medicament, cure in container for health. Pharmacy theme, capsule pills with medicine antibiotic in packages.(Shutterstock/File)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for a total reform of the national health system that will include self-sufficiency in the pharmaceutical industry in a bid to build national resilience against the health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The President highlighted that pharmaceutical imports remained high in the country. “We know that around 90 percent of medicines and their raw materials still rely on imports, even though our country is rich with biodiversity both on land and in the ocean,” he said in his opening speech in a national meeting with the Indonesian Pharmacists Association on Thursday. “This clearly wastes our foreign exchange and withholds the growth of our domestic pharmaceutical industry.” Jokowi said autonomy in the pharmaceutical and health equipment industry must be a joint priority for all sta...