By May Thet Hnin
According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA), illegal, below standard, generic and non-prescribed medicines made up 40 per cent of the market.
Dr. Theingi Zin, director of FDA said anti-biotic and pain relief drugs made up most of the illegal and below standard medicines.
“These medicines are very dangerous and cause side effects. As they are illegal and not up to standard quality, they are not reliable. As our people could not afford to go to hospitals and clinics, they use these illegal and below quality/standard medicine not caring of side effects and ineffectiveness,” she added.
Currently in Myanmar, there are over 10,000 licensed pharmacies and there were 25 cases of illegal and below standard quality medicine sales. When investigations are conducted, seven out of ten uncovers such illegal and below standard quality medicine sales. At present some cases of such sales in Yangon and Mandalay are undergoing trial in court and when found guilty, licenses will be rescinded.
FDA had formed sub-committees in states and regions and as a first step the sub-committees are conducting spot checks and providing medical knowledge. Warning will be given to those found selling illegal and below standard medicines and they will have to sign an acknowledgement while such drugs and medicines will be confiscated. If they were found selling such drugs and medicine again, action will be taken while license will also be rescinded.