ISLAMABAD -  The Supreme Court was informed on Monday cardiac stents are being manufactured locally and it will be available in the market at Rs15,000 by June 2018.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a suo motu notice on poor quality and inflated price of stents being charged from patients in the government and private hospitals.

Additional Attorney General Waqar Rana informed the court that stents made locally have been sent to Germany for testing and certification. The project has been undertaken by the National University of Science and Technology and a local company has produced the stents.

“We expect that the process of testing and certification will be completed and the stents will be available in June 2018,” the AAG told.

To a court’s query, Dr Murtaza, In-charge of the project said the stent would be available to patients at Rs15,000.

Waqar Rana further informed that Medical Devices Registration Regulations were also notified after the approval from the federal government on January 1, 2018 and mostly the problems under the previous rules have been resolved and the procedure was simplified.

Earlier, the chief justice expressed his hope that the locally-made stents would be available before June, adding they were trying to ensure provision of adequate and inexpensive medical facilities to the general public.

The chief justice also said they are happy to know that by June they would have their own locally-made stents, adding that poor people have to borrow money for purchasing expensive stents. Later, the court adjourned the hearing until Saturday.

Last year in January, the chief justice had taken a suo motu notice on substandard stents in cardiac ward of the Mayo Hospital Lahore and other hospitals of Punjab.

According to the report, the hospital staff used to sell substandard stents to patients with Rs180,000, which would actually cost a few thousands rupees.