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Locally produced saline introduced

The first consignment of saline produced locally under the logo of the State Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Corporation (SPMC) was officially handed over to the State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof Channa Jayasumana by SPMC Chairman Dr. Uthpala Indrawansa at the Health Ministry yesterday.

Even though several parties attempted to produce saline locally, all those attempts failed due to various reasons. However, in 2019 Kelun Life Sciences (Pvt) Ltd’s BOI approved Sino–Sri Lanka joint venture project started the production of saline at its fully-fledged plant in the Kandy Industrial Park.

The production capacity of the plant is around 190 million 500 ml bottles per annum. This will fulfill the 100 percent   saline requirement of government hospitals and the surplus will be provided to the private sector.

According to the sources, this move will save 5 million US dollars spent annually for the import of saline.

The Government also plans to manufacture 50 per cent of the country’s requirement of pharmaceuticals locally within the next three years as the country imports 85 per cent of its drug requirement at an annual cost of Rs.130 billion.

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