Turkey aims to boost domestic production of the medicines it requires, said Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım in a speech delivered Saturday.
Turkey produced medicines worth nearly $600 million in 2017, Yıldırım noted, adding that, "Turkey has the capacity to produce medicines worth $1.6 billion.”
By producing more medicines locally, Turkey would be able to make savings of more than $1.5 billion dollars, Yıldırım said.
Whilst 80% of medicine purchases made in Turkey in 2017 were of locally produced medicines, only 45% of the money spend on medicines went to locally manufactured products, Yıldırım noted.
"If we want a more powerful Turkey we must widen our horizons for indigenous projects," he said.