The Plan & Governance
By: Dr. Mohamed Sobhi
2nd Article: The Plan & Governance
The Egyptian pharmaceutical sector currently includes an overall one hundred and fifty three factories with seven hundred different production lines, marking a total number of seventeen thousand registered products, yet six thousands and three hundred of them are the ones that are actively traded in the market, this represents eighty eight percent of the Egyptian market’s demand for medicine.
As twelve percent of the domestic market’s drug needs are still imported since they are highly specialized and more complex, such as cancer drugs.
Narrowing this gap is a strategic goal of the Egyptian state, and the existence of such gap has undoubtedly prompted the state’s efforts to consider establishing a city of medicine.
As the objective of this gigantic city is to produce the essential, strategic and most complex medicines, the city certainly applies what is known as the good manufacturing practices (GMPs), enabling it to apply the highest quality standards while managing to provide an electronic governance system within the city, yet capitalizing on the human resource as in order to raise a professional, trained worker who is capable of functioning with and adapting with such a fully automated work environment
Noting the city’s facilities are equipped the most advanced machinery and tech that could for instance sort out any type of medical forms as for instance that do not comply with the physical required specifications as in terms of weight, color or any other specification automatically, the machinery therefore are time efficient as it cleans itself in an automated manner, instead of the exhausting manual procedure of cleaning.
We could then assume that all the pharmaceutical forms with the varying degree of importance from basic to strategic are manufactured per the highest quality standards in the city of medicine (GYPTO Pharma).
There is no doubt that the city’s most crucial and prominent aim is to penetrate into the industry of the raw materials manufacturing, thus taking the pharmaceutical industry in Egypt & the region to a whole new point where it was long overdue.
Such desired co-operation and co-ordination between the city of medicine and the Egyptian pharmaceutical authority and the newly established unified purchase authority will always be in the interest of Egyptian citizens, as such collaboration will certainly narrow and encounter any gap of a qualitive or storage nature regarding the essential products that Egyptian drug security relies upon.
Not only that, but the city aims to export twenty five percent to thirty percent of its production in a phased manner, which will enhance Egypt’s exports of medicine both in quantity and quality, as the pharmaceutical exports accounts to just two hundred and fifty million dollars per annum, and therefore the city’s facilities are seeking to attain the European credit certificates as in order to penetrate new markets and bring more exports potential for the city’s products, the upcoming days will bring positive news regarding the launch of the city’s medicative products to the market, following the completion of the stability tests, as each product that is approved for release from the authority of medicine will be offered at an affordable price for Egyptians citizens.
Day by day, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s directives will bet met to increase the minimum strategic stock of medicines and medical supplies to at least six months, reaching the goal of securing a two to three year stockpile, and here we could say that the health crisis that the world has witnessed in the past two years due to coronavirus pandemic has forced the countries of the world to launch and develop themselves rapidly across three directions:-
First direction: The pharmaceutical industry.
Second Direction: Enhancing the logistics of the health sector through the implementation of strategic warehousing projects for medicines, medical supplies and devices.
Third direction: Achieving self-sufficiency of vital and essential products.
And undoubtedly the medicine city project and the fruitful cooperation with the medicine authority and the unified purchasing authority are pushing the Egyptian state’s momentum to complete the movement on these previous axes.