BANDUNG-The need of raw materials for the manufacture of drugs, until now mostly great still must be imported from a number of countries in line with the availability of domestic raw materials for the pharmaceuticals manufacture.
But with the rise of the rupiah against the US dollar making imported raw materials are quite expensive, so the impact is on the sale value of drugs that are produced by a number of pharmaceutical companies from domestic.
Therefore, according to Minister of Health, Nila Djuwita Farid Moeloek, the need of pharmaceutical independence to continue improving raw materials locally to make pharmaceuticals.
"We know so far, this medicinal raw materials from India and China, because it is cheap but with the increase in the US dollar we have to be careful, "she said.
According to Nila, to reduce imports of raw materials for these drugs a number of pharmaceutical companies in Indonesia has established cooperation with other companies overseas.
"We strongly encourage the Association of Pharmaceutical in addition to produce the drug, also must pay attention to raw material medicine and it has been performed by some pharmaceutical companies, "he said.
Nila said, a number of pharmaceutical companies in Indonesia which has working with a number of companies abroad for reducing imports of raw materials such Kimia Farma and Kalbe Farma.
"Both companies have been working with South Korea, Of course I was thrilled, "said Nila, in her speech at the event of National Congress of the Pharmaceutical Association XV, at the Trans Studio Hotel Bandung, Monday Evening (24/10). (Parno)