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    First-ever medicine making factory opens in Herat

    HEART CITY (PAN): The first-ever domestic medicine manufacturing factory has started functioning in the western province of Herat, officials said on Wednesday.

    The factory called Abison Farma has been established at the industrial park in Herat city, the factory director, Abdul Karim Sherzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Primary products at the facility were being manufactured in cooperation with Indian and Iranian medicine manufacturing companies, he said.

    “The first products include 60 to 250cc antiseptic solution which have been introduced to the market.”

    Four kinds of anti-acid syrups having commercial names Avicidal, Avicidal max, Magnifon and SongS were also introduced to the market after approved by the Ministry of Public Health, Sherzad said.  

    Currently, the factory has one working shift, producing 2,000 bottles of antiseptic and anti-acid syrups each hour.

    Pharmaceutical ingredients were being brought from Germany, Malaysia, India, Iran and the UK. Currently, 20 people, including four manufacturing experts, are working at the factory.   

    Provincial Public Health Director Dr. Ghulam Syed Rashid said the sample of antiseptic liquid produced at the factory had been approved by the public health ministry.  

    “Abison Farma products are approved by the public health ministry and the samples of its anti-acid syrups will be referred to the ministry for approval ahead of their introduction to the market,” he said.

    Sherzad hoped the health ministry would approve all the products after evaluation.

    Industry owner’s union head, Hamidullah Khadim, said the factory would help reduce reliance on imports of the products from outside the country.