Medicines in Oman’s mar­ket ad­here to safety norms: MoH

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The Min­istry of Health (MoH) has re­as­sured peo­ple of the qual­ity and safety of medicines avail­able in Oman.

The min­istry re­leased a state­ment to counter the al­le­ga­tions made on so­cial me­dia re­gard­ing avail­abil­ity of some medicines in the mar­ket which do not meet the stan­dards and spec­i­fi­ca­tions laid down by the min­istry.

The min­istry stated that the Na­tional Phar­ma­covig­i­lance Cen­ter at the Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Af­fairs and Drug Con­trol un­der­takes the core re­spon­si­bil­ity of mon­i­tor­ing the qual­ity, safety and ef­fi­cacy of the drugs avail­able in the sul­tanate.

‘The cen­tre is com­mit­ted fur­ther in fol­low­ing up on a daily ba­sis all de­ci­sions re­lated to medicine with­drawal and sus­pen­sion that are is­sued by the var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional and re­gional bod­ies and or­gan­i­sa­tions.’

It added, ‘These de­ci­sions are put into anal­y­sis in or­der to take the nec­es­sary ac­tions, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the avail­abil­ity of the drugs in the lo­cal mar­ket and with the af­fected batch.’

The min­istry fur­ther stated that some of the drug re­call mes­sages be­ing cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia are old. ‘The cir­cu­lated drugs re­call de­ci­sions of the man­u­fac­turer are not re­cent, dated nearly a year back (2019). A num­ber of drugs were re­called lo­cally ei­ther upon the Gulf de­ci­sion or that our Cen­tral Drug Anal­y­sis Lab­o­ra­tory found the drugs un­suit­able.’

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