Sales of counterfeit medicines
remain unabated despite continuing crackdowns on manufacturers and distributors of these potentially hazardous substances, a World Health Organization official said Wednesday.
He admits there is as yet no hard evidence to suggest counterfeit medicines
have become a problem in New Zealand, but with counterfeit companies and distributors already making inroads into countries like Singapore, Australia and the United States, it could only be a matter of time before similar issues arise here.
'Health department should take immediate action against provision of counterfeit medicines
in government hospitals.' The report urged health department.
According to the World Health Organisation, it has been estimated that as many as one million people die every day worldwide from ingesting counterfeit medicines
. In Pakistan, 120 people died after taking counterfeit heart medicines in the year 2012 alone.
Talking to media on Friday, he said the counterfeit medicines
were used in the jail and no doctor came to the jail for the treatment of prisoners.
The government is planning to file economic sabotage charges against persons behind the proliferation of counterfeit medicines
in the country.
The importation and sale of counterfeit medicines
are prohibited under Republic Act No.
Head of Medicines Regulatory Group Professor Mike Mawhinney said: "The risk to the public due to illegal or counterfeit medicines
is very real."
PESHAWAR -- The district administration here Tuesday sealed seven medicine stores for selling counterfeit medicines
and having no valid license.
Dr Ameen Hussain Al Amiri, the ministry's assistant undersecretary for Public Policy and Licensing, said the country has been fighting the spread of counterfeit medicines
in the local market by implementing preventive measures, building a quality control laboratory, and conducting research on medical and other health products.
Dr Amiri also said that there were no counterfeit medicines
present in any of the country's hospitals and pharmacies for the past four years.