Why not produce own medicines?

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‘One factory cannot meet needs’

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 2: The recent drug shortage crisis in Kuwait opened the door to questions about the reasons why Kuwait dropped to the bottom of the list of countries in the region that manufacture its own medicine. Why does Kuwait not manufacture its own medicine? What are the obstacles facing the establishment of factories for medicines and medical supplies as long as the material capabilities are available, reports Al- Qabas daily.

According to the information obtained by the daily, there is a single factory in Kuwait for medicines and medical supplies that does not meet 15 percent of the country’s medical needs, compared to 40 factories in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that cover 36 percent of the needs of the Saudi market, and 24 factories in the UAE that produce 1,715 pharmaceuticals that include medicines for all chronic diseases and others, and approximately 7 factories that produce more than 300 items of medicines and medical supplies in the Sultanate of Oman.

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