Flow of poor quality medicines into Kurdistan curtailed
Kurdistan’s Minister of Health recently said that his ministry has seemingly been able to stem the flow of expired and poor quality medicines into the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region.
In a press conference, Minister Dr Rekawat Rasheed said that over the past few years they have successfully prevented the import of either poor quality or expired medicines into Kurdistan.
He also added that it keeps an eye on the market via its medicine monitoring department and several committees of the ministry in several different cities to help stem the flow.
Dr Rasheed closed official also dis
statistics of the period in which it could confiscate expired medicines.
The minister additionally noted that via the relevant committees it has over the past six months fined 18 medicine stores. Of which 13 were from the capital city of Erbil, 3 from Duhok and the remaining 2 from Sulaimaniya. Besides, four medicine companies have been summoned to the courthouse during the period.
“It has been able to confiscate more than 675 tons of expired medicine in cooperation with the committees. Of which 150 tons were from Erbil, 400 tons from Bani Maqan and 125 tons from Sulaimaniya,” he said.
He stated at the press conference that the ministry has signed a contract with a British Company to check 661 types of medicines imported into Kurdistan. From this, 300 types were below the expected quality standards and refused by the company, he added.
Free trade, smuggling and the absence of quality control are the main reasons for low-quality medicines in Kurdistan's pharmacies. The Kurdistan Ministry of Health official believed that the Parliament or another executive body should initiate the drafting of a law to tackle this issue.