To meet its objective of health for all by AD 2000, Bangladesh has decided to open its doors for importing pharmaceutical ingredients, packaging products and finished drugs. Medicines inadequately produced in the country can now be imported without any restrictions. However, curbs will remain on drugs manufactured on a large scale in the country.
The decision announced in mid-November reverses an import ban imposed in 1982 during President Ershad's regime. The aim of the ordinance was to help the domestic drugs industry flourish by keeping out competition.