Ministry of Health monitoring unauthorized medicine
Thursday, September 7th, 2017
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has increased its monitoring of medicine in Belize, due to unauthorized and expired medicines found circulating in the market. These unauthorized medicines have been found in different pharmacy’s, mostly in the Cayo (San Ignacio) and Belize district.
A warning is in effect to pharmacists and the general public in regards to multi-vitamin Neurobión ® 50 mil (Vitamins B1 + B6 + B12) syrup in the 240ml bottle. ”We believe that the quality may be compromised,” said the MOH. “The product has been removed from the establishments where it was found and we continue to remain vigilant for any unauthorized product that may still be present in the country.” MOH has launched extensive public awareness campaigns to alert Belizeans about this incident, and to give recommendations on addressing the problem. “There have been many cases of unauthorized medicines in the country, but none as yet on the island” said Public Health Inspector Lisa Tillet. San Pedro Health Inspector, Christina Sanchez further explained that while no such cases of unauthorized medicines are present in the island, they are still monitoring the situation closely.
The penalty for a pharmacy or someone found in possession of unauthorized medicines results in the confiscation of the product. The pharmacy or person can also be charged for selling unauthorized medicines. If the public is aware of any place that is selling this unauthorized medicine they can contact their nearest health inspector or send an email to [email protected]
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