Poor quality medicines suspended

The Drug Administration of Vietnam has decided to suspend circulation of several medicines that do not meet with required quality standards.

The administration also ordered the producers and importers of such medicines to withdrawn their products immediately.

On the list of suspended medicines is eyewash Neodex 5ml, from lot number 0401010 with manufacturing date October 11, 2010 and expiry date of the same day in 2012. The medicine produced by the Pharmaceutical & Medicine Public Company, has been found to be sub standard in quality.

Camedol 7.5 (meloxicam tablets 7.5mg) from lot number 3601 and manufacturing date August 27, 2009 and expiry date August 26, 2012 does not meet with required standards.  Manufactured by Holden Medical Ltd. from Cyprus, the tablet is imported by Ho Chi Minh City Medical Export Import Joint Stock Company.

The administration also suspended circulation of oriental medicine named Hoàn cứng Bá đã sơn quân hoàn 20g, from lot number 010810 and expiry date August 2012. Rang Dong Unit in HCMC manufactures the medicine but failed to meet the quality standards required for bacterial contamination.

In related news, the Hanoi Department of Health has ordered authorized organizations to step up inspections and supervision of medicine manufacturers, cosmetic producers and businesses on implementation of state regulations.

The inspections and supervision will focus on health clinics and units producing, trading, exporting and importing medicines and cosmetic products in Hanoi.

District authorities must do a monthly inspection of at least 10 medicine retailers, five wholesalers, two health clinics and two cosmetic trading basics.

The inspectors will look at the origin, quality and price of the products, as well as the implementation of regulations on trading addictive medicines. They will also examine advertising content of cosmetic products.

By Ng.Quoc – Translated by Hai Mien

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