October 11, 2008

First Pharmaceutical Plant Launched in Kyrgyzstan

Excerpt from report by state-owned Kyrgyz Television 1 on 8 October

Medicines produced in Kyrgyzstan will soon appear in chemist's shops. A new pharmaceutical plant has been launched on the territory of the Bishkek free economic zone. The plant will produce 500m pills, 100m capsules and 12m flacons with sterile antibiotics [a year]. The main goal of the company is to supply Kyrgyz residents with affordable and quality medicines. President Kurmanbek Bakiyev launched the plant.

[Correspondent] In chemist's shops Kyrgyz residents will soon see medicines produced in our country. The quality will meet international standards, specialists say. The only difference will be their price, which will be much lower than that of foreign ones. This is the first pharmaceutical plant in the history of our country. It produces 20 names of medicines. These are pills, capsules and powders for injections. The plant is focused on producing medicines used in cardiology, paediatrics, gynaecology and urology. Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who came to the opening ceremony, was able see the products.

[Passage omitted: a staff member of the plant shows some medicines to Bakiyev; the president was given the right to launch one of the devices; raw materials for the medicines will be delivered from Canada, Spain and France]

Originally published by Kyrgyz Television 1, Bishkek, in Russian 1400 8 Oct 08.

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