Senior Consultant Physician Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA), the Health Ministry announced.
The appointment has been made by newly appointed Health Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana.
Dr. Wijewickrama replaces Prof. S.D. Jayaratne, whose leadership was challenged as the NMRA faced a spate of allegations with regard to the influx of inferior-quality medicines in the recent past.
Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama once served as a member of the NMRA Board of Directors.
Dr. Wijewickrama is a Senior Consultant Physician at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), who became the first health official to receive the COVID vaccine.
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