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News number: 9104253737

13:39 | 2012-08-11

Science

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Iran Produces Blood Kits, CT Scan Tubes despite Sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian official announced on Saturday that the country has managed to produce blood-transfusion kits and Computed Tomography Scanning (CT Scan) tubes despite the western states' threats to sanction and withhold the sale of the two products to Iran.



"The foreign states have threatened us that they won't sell us laboratory kits" but the Pasteur Institute of Iran has managed to produce the blood kits needed for the country and it will achieve the Euro Standard in the near future, Deputy Iranian Health Minister Mostafa Qaneyee told FNA today.

He reiterated that the health ministry has also signed a contract with Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and SA Iran Company to produce CT Scan tubes which were imported to the country during the last years.

Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and SA Iran Company have succeeded in the production of the tubes and will mass-produce them next year.

Iran has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields, in recent years.

Head of Iran's Pasteur Institute Mostafa Qaneyee announced in 2011 that the institute plans to produce human vaccines for rabies and hemophilia diseases.

"The center (Pasteur Institute), in cooperation with its affiliated knowledge-based companies, has started a project to produce rabies and hemophilia human vaccines," Qaneyee told FNA at the time.

He expressed the hope that his institute would start mass-production of the vaccines within the next 2-3 years, adding that the products will be sold not only in domestic, but also in foreign markets.

Also, Iranian Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi boasted the country's astonishing progress in producing medical tools, equipment and drugs, saying that Iran ranks first in synthesizing different drugs and medications in the region.

"Iran certainly ranks first in the region in producing medical equipment and medicine and those who stand behind us cannot be compared with Iran at all," Vahid Dastjerdi said addressing the inaugural ceremony of an international exhibition on medical, dentistry and laboratory equipments in Tehran in 2011.

The minister further mentioned that Iran exports medical tools and equipment worth $12bln each year and produces 96% of its medical needs, adding that the country also produces 70% of its needed pharmaceutical raw materials domestically.