More Ayurveda products in the offing - SLADC MD
Minister Salinda Dissanayaka and the officials inspect the
The Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation (SLADC) will introduce a
number of new Ayurveda products, said SLADC Managing Director Nalin
He said such products could be produced due to joint research by the
SLADC and Japanese health experts.
The Sunday Observer interviewed the SLADC Managing Director on its
progress during the last 40 years as a government commercial venture.
Excerpts of the interview:
Q: Indigenous medicine, specially the Ayurveda made big
strides in popularity and acceptance during the past few years even the
World Health Organisation (WHO) had recognised the importance of
indigenous medicine and promoted it.
According to the reports WHO is studying the SLADC proposal to expand
its research activities. Can you explain the future programs of SLADC?
A: The SLADC hopes to set up another Ayurvedic drugs
manufacturing factory in Navinna to expand its research and
manufacturing activities. The Cabinet has approved the project under the
five-year plan from 2012-2016. The WHO has laid down guidelines on drug
manufacturing such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) to ensure that
its production meets international standards.
The Corporation had sought WHO assistance for this project.
Nalin Mervin Fernando
Q: Can you briefly tell about the new herbal medicine which
will be introduced soon?
A: A number of herbs such as Iramusu, Kothalahimbutu,
Beligata, Komarika and Godapora were researched to treat diabetes,
urinal infections and healthy hair, a medicinal coffee, syrup and
shampoo are in the production line.
Q: What are the countries interested in Ayurvedic medicine?
A: Germans, Italians, Canadians, Australians and Japanese
visit Sri Lanka seeking Ayurvedic treatment. They are keen to apply
Ayurvedic oils for various body ailments. Various countries such as
Australia and Japan have sought Sri Lankan assistance to set up
Ayurvedic health centres in their countries. The demand for Ayurvedic
medicine has increased sharply in the local market and the foreign
Q: The SLADC was set up in 1996 to manufacture Ayurvedic drugs
locally and help the community of Ayurvedic physicians and the people at
large. Does the corporation follow these policies still or has it
deviated from them.
A: The first SLADC Chairman was Ayurveda Keerthi, First
Ayurveda Commissioner W.J. Fernando, he laid the foundation to the
corporation to serve the people. He took the initiative to improve the
corporation as a profitable venture.
There are over 150 medicinal drugs being manufactured by the
corporation which has a profit of Rs. 45 million last year.New
manufacturing techniques and production line has been installed and ISO
9001-2008 certification has been obtained.
Q: The delegates from China, Japan, Israel and Australia
visited your corporation, what is the outcome of these visits?
A: They were highly impressed by the production of Ayurvedic
medicine. During the discussion with foreign delegates the need for
another manufacturing plant arose.
We need a drug manufacturing plant conforming to WHO guidelines so
that its products could be exported to developed countries such as
Germany, Australia, Japan and USA.
Q: What is your market share at present?
A: We manufacture high quality Ayurvedic drugs based on
Drugs for all Ayurveda hospitals run by the central government and
the Provincial Councils are supplied by the SLADC.
There is a marketing network having a sales centre at each and every
main town to sell Ayurveda products to the people.
We are find it difficult to meet the market demand fully. Qualified
and professional Ayurveda physicians too have set up their Ayurvedic
drugs manufacturing plants.