Monday , October 18 2021

Politicians, wives and children are trading counterfeit medicines!


"Some politicians, their wives or their children are negotiating counterfeit medicines at some Lebanese clinics, which are publicly shown as charity, but in reality they are an idiot demon that the citizen can not silence," ministry sources told the newspaper. Drugs reserved for decades have not yet been destroyed. The customs have seized millions of counterfeit medicines and the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance are trying to deport them abroad.
According to Isabelle Tannouri, the Union of Pharmacists in Lebanon oversees medicines entering Lebanese territory. Pharmacists are responsible for drug depots imported from abroad and reveal all samples at Beirut port.
The false remedy can not be detected by any citizen, according to the newspaper. The Ministry of Health and the Pharmacists' Union are the only two bodies able to detect the counterfeit medicine because they are following the factory process for pharmacies in Lebanon.
According to informed sources, counterfeit medicines in Lebanon come with a bag, and some cancer drugs can be smuggled, and some doctors may come into collusion with the warehouse owners. It has also revealed that the counterfeit medicine may contain, for example, powdered powder instead of the active ingredient in Paracetamol.
Dr Ghassan al-Amin, the chief of pharmacists, has revealed the names of some smuggled drugs from Egypt and Turkey, and sold them at clinics that do not meet the conditions, appear in public charity. This is a list of some of the names mentioned by the captain: Plavix, cipralex, ryzodec (insulin), kkepra, valdoxan, micardis, novorapid (insulin), spiriva, seretide, galvusmet, janumet, exforge, diovon, codiovon …
The secretary said the suit was political and told what was happening but made it clear that the situation is under control and brought us back to the 1990s when the union seized large quantities of counterfeit drugs for the first time in 2000, where it received full authority for inspection by the Ministry of Health. The fight against corrupt drugs was the result of years of efforts, especially when the union was hit with an iron fist and all illegal pharmacies were closed, where traffickers had nothing to do with the profession of pharmacist. Offenders were also referred to the Disciplinary Board. …
"They are politicians, party leaders and can be political wives … they buy drugs smuggled or forged and offer them to people based on charity work," he said, noting that "the law of the profession punishes those who sell drugs false sentences to 5 to 20 years. " And a fine of up to 20 million pounds, underscoring Minister Jabbak's insistence on regulating the drug industry.
He also pointed out that the law prevents any pharmacist from changing the drug with any other alternative medicine, noting that there is no financial incentive for the pharmacist, and the law of drug trafficking is the responsibility of the state. Explaining Generics and Brand, they said they were the same formula, but the brand was a high-priced drug. He pointed out that 80% of medicines in Lebanon are branded, asking to promote the price of (Greene), since the most expensive medicine is to charge the price of the research that has reached its structure.
The archive has more than one direction: the impact of medical waste is more than a danger to the health of the Lebanese, and the Ministry of the Environment plays an important role in combating counterfeit medicines.
For his part, Minister of Environment Fadi Gritsati all cooperation with the "Republic" in monitoring this file, and he is interested in ", and we were able to communicate with the President of the Department of Environmental Technology in the Samar Malik Ministry, to disclose a serious file affecting the health of all Lebanese, has revealed a scandal in some hospitals where the burning of drugs against cancer and injections that enter the body of patients, non-medical and illegal, cause the growing diseases and pollution of the atmosphere, prompting the Ministry to file 80 lawsuits in these hospitals. The ministry has won four court rulings so far. "

"When a drug expired arrives at the port, we immediately communicate with the customs, send the country of origin and force the person or the state to recover the drugs," said Malik.
Under the BASEL Treaty, to which Lebanon has committed since the 1990s, it has revealed two global lists of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes, including medicines. The chemical safety department communicates with the BASEL Secretariat in Switzerland in case of any defect in the imported goods. In general, the ministry requires the importer to answer a set of questions and to ensure that the importer has the industrial quality and that the goods are free of any virus.
Malik has addressed the waste of expired cancer drugs, such as the cytotoxic infectious, that are toxic to infectious cells that are illegally burned by hospitals. The problem is that the ministry has not yet found any company accepting the shipment of such waste and burning them abroad.
The Ministry of the Environment through the "Republic" of all hospitals, and until the acceptance of companies, will have licensed medical licensing as a solution to the crisis. The most serious in the reality of hospitals is the punishment that applies to offenders of Law 64/88, which is the death penalty!
In addition, the hospital wastewater flows into the Litani River and reaches the sea. So the Lebanese are forbidden to swim in the sea.
The Ministry of the Environment also called a meeting in the ministry to be held on the subject of hospitals and all related to medical waste to ask hospitals that continue to violate all humanitarian standards before the environment!
Malik revealed that customs have seized millions of counterfeit medicines and the ministry is working with them and the Ministry of Finance to deport them to Europe.
The Director General of Customs Badri Dhaher explained that "corrupt drugs are registered and transferred to the Public Ministry and damaged according to the environmental analysis," adding that the Council of Ministers has taken the decision to deport them abroad, but still was not implemented. "We offer the solution to the Ministry of Finance and we are waiting for implementation."
Health Minister Jamil Jabbak told the newspaper that "there is no defect in the drug in Lebanon because the control is regular and every drug depends on the label, which provides the consumer with the necessary information about the medicine, and patrols are constantly working to protect the citizen. "
He added: "The ministry can not enter some clinics in Wadi Khaled in northern Lebanon, for example, because the area is very borderline, and the inspection patrols continue with public safety in agreement with the Union of Pharmacists in the north and 90 % of drugs imported into Lebanon.
"The citizen is more important than any political interference," he said, noting the importance of cooperating with the Union Against Drug Corruption in this field.
The Ministry of Health sources explained that the counterfeit medicine is the drug that is identical to the drug found on the market, but its composition is incorrect and does not meet the technical specifications. She said the drugs were running across the border. But the information in these sources is that Syria is almost self-sufficient in terms of medicines.

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