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Indonesia's medicine consumption expected to increase by 400 pct in 2014: official

03-05-2012 14:09 BJT

JAKARTA, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Medicine consumption in Indonesia is expected to increase by 400 percent in 2014 as the Law of Social Insurance Agency implemented by the year will increase the number of generic medicine consumer, an official said here on Monday.

Maura Linda Sitanggang, director general of Pharmacy and Health Equipment at the Health Ministry, told a parliamentary hearing that more than 90 percent of national medicine needs could be produced domestically.

"Contribution of national private pharmacy industry is 55 percent, state pharmacy industry 15 percent and foreign-owned companies 30 percent," said Sitanggang.

However, she said, the condition is not supported by raw material industry as 95 percent of material is still imported.

In the meantime, she said, as Indonesia will implement the Law of Social Insurance Agency by Jan. 1, 2014, in which it increases coverage of health insurance to 245.3 million people from 93.4 million in 2010, it means that medicine consumption could increase by 400 percent.

She said that the significant increase should be anticipated and production should be increased by 2-3 times fold.

"Therefore, it is anticipated by national pharmacy industry by increasing production, by maximizing idle capacity and developing special factories to produce generic medicines," she said.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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