YEREVAN, October 9. / ARKA /. Three Armenian pharmaceutical companies are going to apply to the ministry of health very soon to obtain Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certificates, the ministry said in a response to an ARKA inquiry.
Speaking at a news conference earlier today, Vigen Topuzyan, the director of the Scientific and Technological Center of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, claimed that major Armenian medicine- producing companies do not have GMP certificates, however, they continue to work, while the Scientific and Technological Center of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry was banned form drug production.
The ministry told ARKA that the government is expected to approve a procedure for monitoring the compliance of pharmaceutical companies with GMP regulations and issuance of certificates. It said once the document enters into force three Armenian companies will appeal to the ministry to obtain corresponding certificates; however, it did not reveal the names of these companies.
The ministry said also GMP standards were approved by the government of Armenia in 2010 and harmonized with European standards. Currently, there are six major pharmaceutical companies in Armenia.
According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, production of pharmaceutical products in January- August 2013 amounted to 3.315.3 billion drams, a 37 percent growth year-on-year. -0-