The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has updated the database of pharmaceutical and biological drug products. This database is available for public access through DRAP Website and contain information on the drugs registered by the DRAP including the Name of Product (brand/proprietary name), Dosage Form, Composition / Active ingredients, Registration Number, Registration Date, Market Authorization holder and Manufacturing company.
The publicly accessible version of this database is for reference purposes only and is subject to a disclaimer. It provides information on the registered pharmaceutical and biological drug products that can be supplied through authorized establishments (pharmacies/retail outlets or healthcare institutions) in Pakistan.
Note: This database reflects the record of the contents available with the respective Divisions of DRAP. It is not intended to provide any guidance, advice or recommendations on these products.
Unless exempted through special permissions, any pharmaceutical or biological products that is not registered with DRAP cannot be imported or supplied in Pakistan.
For Market Authorization Holders:-
DRAP has transformed manual operation to PIRIMs, marketing authorization holders of pharmaceutical and biological drug products are requested to review and update their finished products Specifications. In this context, a notice was issued and uploaded on the website of DRAP on 13th March, 2023 and 20th April, 2023 (link), with the direction to all Registration Holders of pharmaceutical and Biological drug products to update finished products Specifications. The requisite information must be provided before 09th June, 2023.
-Healthcare Professionals particularly working in the critical care areas of hospitals including Physicians, Pharmacists, and Nurses. -Procurement Officers at Hospitals and Healthcare Institutions, -Pharmacists and Chemists at Distribution, Pharmacies and Medical Stores
AQUAVENT NEO Neonatal CPAP limb (Ventilator breathing circuit) Manufactured by: Armstrong Medical Limited, Northern Ireland, Distributed by M/s. Elate C.C (Pvt) Ltd. Karachi, Pakistan Batch No. 230123 (230123 as per the list in the Field Safety Notice)
Problem / Issue
Armstrong Medical Limited, Ireland received reports for their Neonatal Breathing Circuits for risk of patient harm as a result of tubing (and a connector attached to the tubing) disconnecting from the elbow within Neonatal Breathing Circuits. Accordingly, the manufacturing company has issued a field safety notice and initiated recall of the defective product from the international market including Pakistan.
-The manufacturing company has initiated a recall of the affected lots of defective products from the market where it was distributed.
-All healthcare professionals working in critical care units of hospitals as well as pharmacists and chemists working at distributions and pharmacies should immediately check their stocks and stop supplying these lots of the product. The remaining stock should be quarantined and returned to the supplier/company.
-Distributors and pharmacies are advised to be vigilant and report any suspected batch of the product(s) in the supply chain to the DRAP using the online form, or through phone at +92 51 910 73 17, or by Email at gsms∂dra.gov.pk.
-Regulatory field force of all federating units (DRAP, Provincial Health Departments, and States) has also increased the surveillance in the market to ensure the effective recall of defective product(s).
Advice for Healthcare Professionals
-DRAP requests increase vigilance within the supply chains of healthcare institutions and hospital pharmacies to identify and return this product’s defective batch(es) to the importer/company.
-Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with this product may be reported to the National Pharmacovigilance Centre(NPC), DRAP using Adverse Event Reporting Form or online through thislink.
-Please click here for further information on problem reporting to DRAP.
Advice for Consumers
-Consumers should stop using this product bearing the affected batch number(s). They shall contact their physician or healthcare provider(s) if they have experienced any problem that may be related to using this Medical Device.
-All therapeutic products must be obtained from authorized licensed pharmacies /outlets. Their authenticity and condition should be carefully checked. If you have any doubts, please seek advice from your pharmacist.
This guidance is developed to assist manufacturers and importers in developing their applications for registration of human biological drug products. Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has adapted CTD format for registration of all such drugs vide SRO-713(l)/2018 dated 8th June 2018. Detailed guidance regarding the data requirement for CTD format has been provided in ICH M-4 guidelines. Since the DRAP is introducing the CTD in a progressive manner, therefore, initial guidance to applicants would be helpful for harmonization and appropriate data submission to achieve consistency and uniformity of application.
The guideline is intended to provide data requirements of Form-5F (CTD) for registration / market authorization of biological products of all types including New drug products, and Biosimilars. This document provides guidance for importers and local manufacturers of human biological products on how to obtain market authorization / registration in the territory of Pakistan.
This draft guideline is uploaded on the official website of DRAP dated on 9th May, 2023, for seeking comments and suggestions from stakeholders on the draft document. Stakeholders can submit their comments and suggestions within 15 days of uploading this document using prescribed format, (further information on comments submission can access on this link. Comments and suggestions can be forwarded via email to a ahmad.ansari∂dra.gov.pk copying at ahsan.hafiz∂dra.gov.pk , or can be posted at mailing address, Director, Biological Drugs, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, 4th floor TF Complex, 7th Mauve Area, G-9/4, Islamabad.
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) provides essential information to patients and caregivers on the use of drug products ensuring their safety, efficacy, and quality. It describes the information for patients that ensures the safe and effective use of medicine under most circumstances. The PIL is a document that is updated as new data emerges related to drug product safety, efficacy, and quality or use. The registration/market authorization holder is responsible shall supply any new information without delay which may require the variation of the marketing authorization/registration including the revision of PIL.
The guideline is intended to provide supportive information for preparing a Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for registration/market authorization of pharmaceutical and biological products of all types including New drug products, Generic drug products, and Biosimilars. This guideline provides advice on the principles of presenting information in the PIL.
This draft guideline is uploaded on the official website of DRAP dated 5th May 2023, for seeking comments and suggestions from stakeholders on the draft document. Stakeholders can submit their comments and suggestions within 15 days of uploading this document using the prescribed format. For further guidelines on submitting comments, visit DRAP website or click here. Comments and suggestions can be emailed to haseeb,tariq∂dra.gov.pk, copied at addl-dir.pe.reg∂dra.gov.pk, or posted at the mailing address, Director, Pharmaceutical Evaluation & Registration, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, 4th-floor TF Complex, 7th Mauve Area, G-9/4, Islamabad.
The lot release of biological products is a part of the regulation of biological products. It involves the independent assessment of each lot of a licensed biological product before it is released in the market. In addition to manufacturing, the complexity inherent to biological products, proper storage conditions and efficient supply chain management must be ensured to preserve these products’ sensitivity and limited shelf life properties. For the reasons stipulated above, a careful independent review of manufacturing and quality control data on every lot of product as stated is, therefore, necessary before use. Lot release program enables National Regulatory Authority (NRA) to ascertain the safety, quality, and effectiveness of every lot of these products.
This draft guideline is uploaded on the official website of DRAP dated 5th May 2023, for seeking comments and suggestions from stakeholders on the draft document. Stakeholders can submit their comments and suggestions within 15 days of uploading this document using the prescribed format, (further information on comments submission can access at this link. Comments and suggestions can be forwarded via email to ayub.naveed∂dra.gov.pk, copied at director∂nclb.dra.gov.pk, or can be posted at the mailing address, The Director, National Control Laboratory for Biologicals, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, Prime Minister’s National Health Complex, Park Road, Chak Shehzad, Islamabad.
DRAP has deployed an online application management system “Pakistan Integrated Regulatory Information Management Systm (PIRIMS)” ‘ for processing of regulatory information related to licensing, registration, and inspections of pharmaceutical and biological drugs.
Transforming manual operation to PIRIMs, DRAP requested marketing authorization holders of pharmaceutical and biological drug products to review and update their finished products Specifications. Accordingly, a notice was uploaded on the website of DRAP on 13m March, 2023, with the direction to all Registration Holders of pharmaceutical and Biological drug products to update finished products Specifications and validated method of testing i.e. Pharmacopoeial or in case of non-availability in any pharmacopeia, Innovator / Manufacturer’s Specification, in the corresponding product profile / details in the PIRMS at http://pirims.dra.gov.pk.
The timeline for submission of requisite information on the PIRIMS has been further extended till 09th June 2023 on the request of pharmaceutical industry.
Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) issued a consolidated notification of Regulatory fess for various functions and services. This notification is issued under the section (1) of section 20 of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Act, 2012 (XX.I of 2012) read with sub-rule (3) of rule 4 of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Fee and Levy) Rules, 2022, and in supersession of all such previous Notifications. The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan with the approval of the Policy Board has specified these regulatory fees. The Notification is provided as under: –
The Medical Device Board (MDB) of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan in its 56th meeting has deferred the following applications of registration of medical devices due to various deficiencies / shortcomings in the applications dossiers. These applicants are requested to furnish the requisite information / documentations as directed by the Medical Device Board. The detail is provided in the below attachment.