MANUFACTURING

Lina Manufacturing, wholly owned by Akbar Pharmaceuticals, pioneered the local manufacture of respiratory-care products such as inhalable steroids and bronchodilators at its state-of-the-art facility in Ratmalana, south of Colombo. Lina also has its own research arm, which conducts studies in collaboration with Sri Lankan universities and accredited researchers.

The company is now moving into the manufacture of other respiratory products such as nasal sprays, and has acquired the capability to produce syrups, nebulizer solutions, eyedrops and eardrops. This new range of products will be marketed under the Akbar brand. Lina also produces an OTC balm range under the Winterpan brandname.

Customers for Lina pharmaceutical products include the state healthcare sector and the State Pharmaceutical Corporation, from which it recently received a gold award for 'best pharmaceuticals supplier' in 2012. The company’s facility at Ratmalana is WHO and GMP certified. Lina is also the first ISO-certified pharmaceuticals company in Sri Lanka.