FDA to educate pharmacy owners nationwide on counterfeit drugs

Director Daw Theingi Zin of FDA (middle) together with officials from DKSH, a market expansion services provider, are seen at opening ceremony of healthcare distribution centre in Hlinethaya Industrial Zone in Yangon.
Director Daw Theingi Zin of FDA (middle) together with officials from DKSH, a market expansion services provider, are seen at opening ceremony of healthcare distribution centre in Hlinethaya Industrial Zone in Yangon.

In order to promote public awareness of counterfeit drugs and medications, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to provide educational training to proprietors of pharmacies across the nation starting from January or February.
Budgetary funds have already been allocated to conduct the training sessions aimed at protecting consumers. In recent months, the FDA has already held such sessions in some areas, including Kachin and Shan states, a source told the Global New Light of Myanmar on Thursday.
Daw Theingi Zin, Director (Drug Control) of the FDA, said that it has arranged to share updated information on drugs, especially anti-malarial medications so as to prevent drug-resistant malaria. Malaria remains the most important problems for the country. Currently, regular inspections are carried out at drug stores in all townships
of Nay Pyi Taw where inspectors have found mostly expired medicines and illegal drugs. Actions are being taken by the department against those owners in accordance with the National Drug Law, she added.
The market for illegal pharmaceuticals, which range from useless to highly dangerous, is now truly a global phenomenon, persisting in both developed and developing countries. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 1 percent of medicines available in the developed world are likely to be counterfeit, while in some areas of Asia,
Africa and Latin America, counterfeits can form up to 30 percent of the market and include medicines used to treat cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses.

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