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Sirimal Fernando heads Sri Lanka Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association


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Sri Lanka Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association recognition to past Presidents of the Association. From left: Trihan Perera, Chris Edwards, Kosala Dissanayake, Michael Andree, Association President Sirimal Fernando, Sugi Sivayogarajan, Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Secretary Chief Guest Wasantha Perera, Marise Deckker, Shalutha Athauda and G. Karunapala

The Sri Lanka Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (SLPMA) affiliated to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, held its 54th Annual General Meeting on 25 July at Elevate, Access Towers, Colombo 2.

The Chief Guest for the event was Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Secretary Wasantha Perera while National Medicines Regulatory Authority Chairman Prof. Asitha De Silva was the Guest of Honour.

Both the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour acknowledged the work and the quality of pharmaceutical products manufactured by the local pharmaceutical manufacturers and supplied to the Ministry of Health and domestic private and export markets.   

The AGM was held amidst a large gathering of members and special invitees from the various Government ministries and departments and other related stakeholder institutions.

Astron Ltd. Deputy Managing Director Sirimal Fernando was unanimously re-elected as the President while Lina Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Ltd. Director Rohan Wetthasingha was re-elected as the Vice President of the Association for the year 2019/20.

In his address, Fernando outlined the vision of the SLPMA which is to promote the efficiency of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in order to ensure pharmaceuticals and devices of the highest quality are readily available for the prevention and treatment of human diseases, whilst the Mission of the Association is to make every endeavour to maintain and enhance the reputation of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and to contribute  to public health and welfare and to assist and co-operate with the Government and relevant Authorities to develop the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and devices in Sri Lanka.

Recognition awards were presented to eight of the Past Presidents namely Michael Andree, Kosala Dissanayake, Marise Deckker, Chris Edwards, G. Karunapala, Shalutha Athauda, Sugi Sivayogarajan and Trihan Perera by the Chief Guest

The composition of the SLPMA are those engaged in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and devices domestically and supply to the Medical Supplies Division, Ministry of Health, to the domestic market and export markets. 

Current members of the Sri Lanka Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association are:

Ace Healthcare Ltd., Aithra Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Astron Ltd., CIC Lifesciences Ltd., Emergen Lifesciences Ltd., Gas World Ltd., Gamma Pharmaceuticals., Glaxo Wellcome Ceylon Ltd., Hands Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Himata Ltd., Interpharm Ltd., Lina Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Lina Spiro Ltd., Morison PLC, Navesta Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Smithkline Beecham Ltd., State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corp Ltd. and Unical Ceylon Ltd.

The SLPMA welcomes any entity/company intending to manufacture pharmaceuticals and devices domestically to join the Association based in the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Colombo and to contact the Secretariat via rohan@chamber.lk.


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