Referring 220 fake pharmacies to justice
The first 12/05/2023
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Baghdad: Rula Wathiq
The Pharmacists Syndicate referred 220 pharmacies to the judiciary, describing them as “fake stores,” while explaining that 45 percent of the medicines do not conform to specifications until a system is implemented to control them.
The head of the Pharmacists Syndicate, Dr. Mustafa Al-Hiti, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah”: “The pharmaceutical disaster began from the beginning of the siege on Iraq, and the final blow to the country’s pharmaceutical reality came after 2003 after the complete disappearance of oversight, and the spread of fake stores to a very large extent, and it became “Medicines are very dangerous to citizens’ health because they are dispensed by unqualified people.” Al-Hiti added, "The union noticed a leak of medicines from pharmacies, and in Anbar the union was able to close about 500 fake stores, while about 220 of them were referred to the judiciary in Baghdad in cooperation with organized crime."
Al-Hiti revealed that “more than 15,000 inspection visits are conducted to pharmacies in one year,” noting the existence of an electronic device to control medicines with the aim of making it safe and effective for citizens through cooperation with the Ministry of Health to examine all medicines that enter the country, officially or otherwise, as it was granted “There is a deadline until the end of last June to disclose all medicines that were brought in unofficially.” The head of the Pharmacists Syndicate expressed his regret, saying: “The Syndicate found 45 percent of the medicines on the market that do not conform to specifications, and some of them lack active ingredients, which causes health, economic, and social damage.”
He pointed out that “the Syndicate developed this issue with the Ministry, by fixing prices on medicines sold in pharmacies,” noting that “next month will witness an increase in the number of priced medicines until all of them are priced, amounting to 12,000 medicines, and the citizen can make sure of the price.” The price of the medicine and whether it was tested or not, via a “barcode” that can be installed on his phone.
Edited by: Wael Al-Maluk
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