Bahrain orders strict monitoring of drug dispensing operations at pharmacies

Specialised committee to review laws regulating dispensation of drugs at public and privately-owned pharmacies


MANAMA: More stringent control measures will be enforced to monitor drug dispensing operations at government and private pharmacies.

His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa ordered the Health Ministry to tighten procedures and ensure compliance with the law.

The Premier’s move aims to rationalise drug dispensation and clamp down on non-prescribed use of pharmaceutical drugs.

“There is no leniency when it comes to citizens and residents’ health and safety,” he said, ordering strict monitoring of drug stores to ensure full compliance with requirements for storage, sale and control of narcotic drugs and controlled drugs.

He stressed the need to leave no loophole for “weak-spirited” people to tamper with drugs and achieve illegal gains.

The Premier directed to set up a specialised committee to review laws regulating dispensation of drugs at public and privately-owned pharmacies. He ordered tougher measures against profiteers caught in breach of the law. The committee will be tasked to submit reports to the Cabinet.

The measures reflect the Premier’s keenness to promote health and ensure that the laws and protocols regulating drug dispensations are applied in a manner that leaves no room for exploitation, profiteering or squandering of public funds.

On the Premier’s directives, an internal probe committee has been set up at Salmaniya Medical Complex, the Health Ministry said. In a statement, minister Faeqa Al Saleh announced co-operation between the ministry and other relevant authorities to submit a report to the Premier, immediately after finishing the investigation.

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