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Jun 9, 2017

Ministry of Health Takes Control of Pharmaceutical Imports

Ramon Figueroa

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health issued a notice through the office of the Director of Health Services, informing that the processing of all customs entries for pharmaceutical products will now be done through the ministry’s headquarters in Belmopan.  According to C.E.O., Doctor Ramon Figueroa, the purpose is to carefully regulate the pharmaceutical sector.

 

Dr. Ramon Figueroa, C.E.O., Ministry of Health

“There’s two things: one is the issue of customs and customs entries, and the other is the establishment of a registry for Belize.  What we want to do is regularize the whole importation and distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment because for too  long we‘ve had importation of medications and this is particularly for the private sector where we get a lot of pharmacies having products that come from dubious pharmaceutical products that come from dubious countries.  You know that this is an international money making industry and so our role in protecting the public we have to ensure that we put proper standards and guidelines and that‘s the basic purpose, that we want to have all medications be registered in Belize after going through proper scrutiny, ensuring that they have the proper documentation in terms of manufacturing practices, in terms of the quality of the products.  So that‘s the whole idea.  And in terms of customs, we need to have better control because we try to enforce the importation of good quality medication we also need to ensure that the medications that are coming in go through the proper channels so we‘re centralizing the customs application process.”

 

The transition is expected to begin on July first.

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