Head of the pharmaceutical industry association Carol Abi Karam gives an award to Hajj Hasan in recognition of his efforts.
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Lebanon should treat countries that complicate the export of locally made pharmaceuticals the say way they treat the Lebanese companies, Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan said Friday.The minister added that even in Lebanon, foreign-made drugs are given more priority and attention over locally produced medicines.Citing an example, Hajj Hasan said Lebanon consumes $1.3 billion in medicines and drugs annually, but only 7 to 10 percent of these pharmaceuticals are produced locally.We also have very qualified technicians and pharmacists who all graduated from respectable universities," Hajj Hasan argued.He added that the Lebanese labs are supervised and monitored by internationally certified foreign companies and this by itself is a testimony that the drugs made in the country are of a high standard.
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