This aims at developing new drugs and improving existing ones, with the ultimate goal of producing safer, more effective and better quality drugs. Drug research and development are essential components of health research that enhance the attainment of the goals and objectives of the National Health Policy.
Drug research and development shall be encouraged, especially in the following areas:
i. Local raw materials with particular emphasis on petrochemicals as sources for new drugs and excipients;
ii. Traditional medicines for the promotion of health and the treatment of diseases;
iii. Enhancing the quality and stability of pharmaceutical products. and
iv. Documenting and reducing adverse drug reactions.