Kampong Speu province’s committee to eliminate counterfeit drugs and products has temporarily closed three pharmacies after spot checks revealed they were unlicensed, according to a senior police officer.
Mab Thuch, chief of the provincial anti-economic crime bureau, said the committee would be carrying out checks of local pharmacies and clinics all week.
“We checked two districts on Tuesday,” he said.
“The committee to eliminate counterfeit drugs and products includes military police, police, the district authority, and the provincial health department.
“We created it to prevent risks to people’s health. We carry out checks two or three times per year.”
The report said the committee found two pharmacies with no licence in Korng Pisey district, and the other in Samraong Torng district.
Mr Thuch said the pharmacies would be shut down until they got a licence to operate from the relevant authorities.
“According to regulations from the health department, they must request a licence within a designated time frame,” he said. “If they don’t, they will be permanently shut down.”