New pill and tablet factory opens in Insein


Naypyitaw, July 22
     A ceremony to open a new facility that produces medicinal pills, tablets and capsules was held yesterday morning at New MPI (Myanma Pharmaceutical Industry) Project site in Pharmaceutical Factory (Insein), Insein Township, Yangon.
     Union Minister for Industry U Khin Maung Cho, Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe, Yangon Region Minister for Electricity, Industry, Road and Communication Daw Nilar Kyaw, H.E. Antonio J.M. de Souza e Silva and MPI Managing Director (MD) U Ko Ko Lwin opened the ceremony by cutting a ribbon after which Union Ministers U Khin Maung Cho and Dr. Myint Htwe press a button to unveil a commemorative sign of the building and poured scented water on it.
     Afterward, in the meeting room, the acting factory manager explained the manufacturing process of new medicines. MPI MD then explained the project stages to increase production of medicines, present production and future plans.
    Next, Union Ministers U Khin Maung Cho, Dr. Myint Htwe and officials viewed the displayed medicines produced by Pharmaceutical Factory (Insein), observed the production of pills and tablets and met with local and foreign experts who implemented the project.
    “MPI-produced medicines support the Ministry of Health, and while touring the factory, it was seen to be producing quality products. As the medicines are of required quality, Ministry of Health will purchase most of the medicines produced. Furthermore the prices are cheap and there is a time factor in importing from abroad and thus this is very convenient,” said Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe. The New MPI Project was implemented in 2015 and on 20 May 2016, a new anti-venom production centre and a modern medicine storage building was opened. On 18 February, a Cephalosporin injection building and Small Volume Parenteral Production Plant was opened.
     New medicines were being produced in the pills, tablets and capsule production building yesterday and morphine sulfate tablets for cancer patients were being tested. Treatment with the tablets was provided in Yangon General Hospital while a medicine registration license from FDA was also obtained.
      Pharmaceutical Factory (Insein) factory manager Dr. Aung Zaw said the new pills, tablets and capsule production building can produce 500 million pills, tablets, and capsules annually and was setup with an aim to increase production of required medicines for the Myanmar health sector.
     Pharmaceutical Factory (Insein) has produced various pills, tablets and injections since 1958 is currently producing more than 180 types of medicines.
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