Ministry of Health evaluates innovative genetic drug for blindness treatment

DUBAI, 3rd April, 2019 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MOHAP, revealed that a specialised team from the Higher Committee for Drug Registration representing all UAE health authorities, has evaluated an innovative genetic drug for treating blindness resulting from hereditary retinal degeneration. The genetic drug has already been approved and registered.

The announcement came during the periodic meeting of the Drug Registration Committee, its companies and its pricing No. 137/19, which was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Mohamed Salim Al Olama, Under-Secretary of the Ministry and Vice Chairman of the Higher Committee for Drug Pricing and Registration, and Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing. Present at the meeting were also representatives of MOHAP Drug Department and local health authorities.

The meeting saw discussions on the technical committee outcomes for registering innovative, biological and similar medicines manufactured locally or internationally.


The total number of those medicines was 94 pharmaceutical products, including 15 innovative products, 14 biological preparations, and 65 generic medicines, in addition to discussing the pricing of 213 drugs among other topics Drug Registration Committee reviewed various applications of international pharmaceutical companies. The main criteria for examining these applications are its positive contribution to the treatment of various diseases in the country.

While considering these applications, the committee took into account the economics of companies and supporting their activities that contribute to the ministry’s efforts in developing the drug sector and providing treatment to patients as soon as possible, by prioritising the rapid receipt and evaluation of this product category.

Dr. Al Amiri affirmed that the UAE took precedence over the registration of medicines in accordance with the standards and regulations that conform to the best international practices. He pointed out that most innovative medicines are registered in the country in conjunction with the innovative countries of these medicines.

Al Amiri also stressed the importance of the Ministry’s supervision of the pharmaceutical sector, quality and safety of drugs in the UAE, through pharmaceutical registration, drug price adjustments, in addition to conducting the necessary tests of pharmaceutical products in the reference laboratory, as well as, following up on the safety of use in the country through drug vigilance programmes.

The UAE is one of the world’s first countries to obtain this drug. This latest breakthrough reflects the keenness of the innovative global companies to launch its medicines in the UAE, after their being approved by international bodies such as the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, and European Medicines Agency, EMA. It also reflects the confidence of those companies in the country’s advanced regulations and standards in the pharmaceutical and medical fields and its quick medical registration system.

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