Ministry of Health closes 2 warehouses for illegal drug storage – ARAB TIMES

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Inspectors monitor more than 20 violations in pharmacies

Female medical inspectors, inspecting during pharmacy campaign

KUWAIT CITY, August 18: As part of its work and assigned duties to inspect medicines and monitor related violations, the Ministry of Health’s Medicines Inspection Department conducted a surprise campaign in a number of private warehouses in Salmiya and other areas, containing medicines and medical supplies, in cooperation with the Kuwait Municipality and the Public Relations and Media Department of the Directorate General of Fire Fighting (DGFD), reports Al- Qabas daily. The Ministry of Health said the campaign team was monitoring serious violations, including the seizure of a 500 square meter warehouse in a residential building which was not licensed by any government agency and did not meet storage conditions medicines, as it was found upon initial inspection of its contents, medicines and medical supplies had expiry dates or damage due to improper storage and lack of air conditioning.

The Ministry of Health said the team also went to another warehouse in the same area and it turned out that it was not authorized, pointing out that the medicine inspection teams will continue their efforts in accordance with the well-thought-out plans and programs of the administration departments. , through sudden and covert campaigns, to all drug storage locations in all governorates of the country.

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The Ministry of Health announced that the necessary legal measures had been taken regarding the monitored violations, and the two warehouses were closed with the help of the Kuwait Municipality, based on the instructions issued by the Minister of Health, Dr. Khaled Al-Saeed, and the Undersecretary of the Ministry, Dr. Mustafa Reda. Meanwhile, health sources have confirmed that 5 teams of administration-affiliated pharmacist inspectors have been able to monitor numerous serious violations in more than 20 pharmacies in separate areas of Ahmadi Governorate.

The sources told the daily that all violations will be referred to the competent authorities to take the necessary legal measures, indicating that the campaign is a continuation of the daily inspection of private pharmacies in various governorates, to reduce the violations found in the private medical sector. The sources confirmed that the Directorate of Medicines Inspection in all its departments fully exercises its supervisory role, without pressure or interference from any outside party, and imposes strict control on private and public pharmacies, to ensure the safety and health of citizens and residents.

The most significant violations in private sector pharmacies include pharmacies run by workers and accountants, incompatibility of business with business license title, dispensing of drugs without a prescription, failure to ask the civil number of the drug applicant, improper storage of drugs and medical supplies, lack of hygiene and violation of the standards of its requirements and violations related to exceeding the standards of preservation and storage.

The sources warned against using or taking any medicine or medical preparation without a prescription or recommendation from the health center, hospital or doctor supervising the condition of the patient. The sources said that the Medicines Inspection Department has succeeded in reducing the number of counterfeit, contraband and prohibited medicines, compared to previous years, but this does not mean stopping the entry of these medicines and preparations into the country. the country.





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