The Ministry of Interior’s Counter-Counterfeit Committee of Cambodia today will destroy 130 tonnes of seized counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs and medical supplies. The move aims to temper the proliferation of counterfeit drugs in the Kingdom’s pharmacies and promote the use of quality medicine to ensure the safety of the people.
The event will be officiated by Interior Minister Sar Kheng and Health Minister Mam Bun Heng and attended by other relevant institutions and authorities.
In a statement released yesterday, the Ministry of Interior said: “The 130 tonnes of counterfeit and illegal pharmaceutical drugs and medical supplies were collected from pharmacies and unlicensed medical shops across Cambodia last year.”
Their destruction will be carried out at 7am today in the capital’s Dangkor district.
In February, the CCCC and the Association of Pharmaceutical Sales signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bolster efforts that seek to prevent the distribution of fake medicines and cosmetic products in the Kingdom.
CCCC president Lieutenant General Meach Sophana said, “The Counter-Counterfeit Committee of Cambodia is working actively with the Ministry of Health to combat the issue of counterfeit medicines and goods.”
Addressing the public, he said: “The people have to pay careful attention when purchasing any product, especially medicines and goods sold online because the authenticity of such products is not guaranteed and can thus pose dangers to their health.”
Ley Sopheap, president of the Medical Pharmacist and Dentistry Federation Association of Cambodia, also previously stressed that the crackdown on counterfeit products aims to ensure the safety and well-being of the consumers and protect the copyrights and trademark rights of legitimate investors and businesses in the Kingdom.
“We are ready to closely cooperate with the CCCC to crack down on those who produce or distribute counterfeit products, as well as to educate the public on how to spot fake products,” he said.
A CCCC report said crackdowns last year uncovered 20 cases of counterfeit product distribution, among which involved the trade of substandard medicines and food and cosmetics containing toxic chemicals.