LINA Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd recently exported the first ever consignment of Respiratory Care Dry Powder for Inhalation (in capsule form) from Sri Lanka.“Asthma is one of the most prevalent respiratory diseases in Sri Lanka. It has been found that inhalant products are the most effective in the treatment of the disease. Since these drugs have not been locally produced before, Sri Lanka had no alternative but to import them at enormous cost to the country in terms of foreign exchange,” the company said.
Responding to this acute need in the national health domain, Dr Anil Goonatillaka, a physician, undertook research in the manufacture of Dry Powder Capsules for Inhalation. After more than ten years of meticulous research, in which he enlisted the participation of professionals such as pharmacologists, and production and quality assurance specialists, he established an organization for the manufacture of Respiratory Care Dry Powder for Inhalation (capsules) in Sri Lanka. He named this organization LINA.
LINA remains the only company to manufacture the drug in Sri Lanka.In addition to this, Dr Goonatillaka developed a device for the patient to inhale the contents of the capsules; this he managed to do with the assistance of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Moratuwa, the statement added.
This year Akbar Pharmaceuticals, a leading pharmaceutical company and a subsidiary of the Akbar Brothers Group of Companies invested on LINA Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd, which manufactures this product. LINA is conducting further research under Dr Goonatillaka and his highly qualified team for enhancing the product range.