Hundreds of medicine parcels received by post seized
ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Health (MoH) has confiscated hundreds of parcels of medicines sent from abroad to the UAE, a senior health official has disclosed. The medicines and drugs contained unknown ingredients.
Humaid Mohammed Al Shamsi, assistant under-secretary for Pharmacy and Supply at the MoH said that since January this year, the MoH had seized 521 parcels of medicines meant to be delivered individuals in Abu Dhabi via post.
“Most of the confiscated parcels contained big quantity of medicines and herbal drugs of unknown components,” Al Shamsi said. The month of April saw over 100 such parcels being confiscated, said the official.
Between January and July, some 4,993 parcels of medicines were sent to the capital from abroad.
As per the law on receiving and sending of medicines via post offices, an individual must have a medical report stating his/her need for the medicines. Prescriptions carrying old dates are not considered valid, Al Shamsi said.