Pharmacy closed for selling expired drugs

ABU DHABI — A private pharmacy in Sharjah has been closed down for selling expired and smuggled pharmaceutical products, said a health official at the Ministry of Health. The 'Pharmacy Licencing Committee' at the ministry has decided to close down a private pharmacy in Sharjah for violating the federal pharmacy law of the country by dealing in expired and smuggled drugs, Humaid Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Pharmacy supplies yesterday told Khaleej Times.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Wed 2 Feb 2005, 9:14 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:27 PM

He said the punitive measure was taken against the pharmacy during the committee meeting on Sunday at the ministry for precautionary reasons to guarantee the safety of the public. The owner of the pharmacy and the pharmacist in charge, were summoned to further investigate the case, said Shamsi.

He noted that the closure is temporary until the pharmacy shows compliance with the conditions of safety regarding dugs ad the laws regulating functioning of private pharmacies in the country.

He said another two pharmacies and medical stores have been temporary closed down by the committee upon the request of the owners. The official said the committee has also revoked the licence of a pharmacist and four assistant pharmacists upon the request of the owners. Shamsi said the committee, meanwhile, has granted licence to 10 pharmacists and five assistant pharmacists.

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