Statistics for registered products

A total of 115,886 products had been registered by 2005 of which 10,339 (8.7%) [2004 :(13.2%)] were prescription products 7,732(6.8%) [2004:9.7%)]  OTC products 15,129(12.9%) [2004:17.4%)] traditional medicine; and 83,525(71.1%) [2004:60%)] cosmetics. This indicates that the registration of cosmetics had increased tremendously over the past two years as compared to 2003.  By 2005, 83,525 cosmetic products had been registered by the Drug Control Authority whereas only 47,513 were registered by 2004.

In 2005, a total of 37,947 products had been registered compared to the previous year (2004) which was 42,311 products.  For prescription products and cosmetics, the total number of products registered also showed a slight decrease as compared to year 2004.  A breakdown of products registered between 2001 and 2005 is shown in Table 22.

Table 22: Total number of products registered (Year 2001-2005)

Year

Prescription Products

Non-prescription Products

Traditional medicine

Cosmetics

Yearly Total

2001

180

624

1,344

309

2,457

2002

342

235

864

159

1,600

2003

324

275

1,349

4,721

6,669

2004

353

226

970

40,762

42,311

2005

327

300

1,308

36,012

37,947

Source:  Annual report 2005, National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau, MOH