Flow of poor qual­ity medicines into Kur­dis­tan cur­tailed

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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