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Ministry vows better regulation against illicit trade of pharmaceuticals

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The Ministry of Health would strengthen regulation of the sale of pharmaceutical drugs. KT/ Siv Channa

The Ministry of Health said it would strengthen regulation of the sale of pharmaceutical drugs, medical equipment and disinfectants, including prohibiting the sale of such products online.

The announcement follows the discovery of unlicensed medicines and COVID-19 rapid test kits and counterfeit sanitisers being sold online.

In a statement, the ministry said that while the Kingdom grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, several people have taken to selling unregistered medical products on social media to profit from the health crisis.

The advertisement of said products must also be reviewed and approved by the ministry in accordance to medical, pharmacological and dentistry standards.

Lastly, the ministry called on authorities to rigorously enforce action against Facebook users who continue to defy the ministry’s orders.

Meanwhile, Ley Sopheap, president of the Association of Pharmaceutical Sales, today said he supports the ministry’s actions as it ensures the safety and wellbeing of the public.

Mr Sopheap also called on all businesses importing and distributing medical products to follow the proper procedures set forth by the ministry and relevant institutions.

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