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Mar 12, 2014

Pharmacy Association says she does not meet requirements

Marisol Melhado

The association has pulled no punches with the issue of its release, stating that the appointment is based on a preferential political agenda and asking that the situation with the new director be immediately rectified.  This isn’t the first time that the association has been at odds with the Ministry of Health, and politics was a factor in those instances as well. Past experience has dictated the fury of the association’s outcry, since they feel that the actions of the Ministry are undermining the integrity of their profession.

 

Reporter

“Is there a pattern of behavior on the part of the Ministry of Health to systematically ignore and undermine and try to bypass the professional standards that the Pharmacist Association is trying to advocate?”

 

Marisol Melhado, Vice President, Pharmacists’ Association of Belize

“Definitely. We feel this way because of what we have had and endured over the past few years. First it started with the removal of the pharmacy technical advisor from the tendering committee. Now a key person is needed in the tendering committee. This committee is given the task of actually allocate the medication that will be given to all the public. By all means you want efficacy and standard of medications. You don’t want low quality by any means which always equates to low cost. Yes, you want cost effective, but that shouldn’t obscure the fact of quality. The second move was the intent of abolishing the Board exam which is tied into our laws that govern the pharmacists in the country, also known as the chemists and druggists of Belize. After that was giving a license to a person coming from Nicaragua…well the person is actually living in Belize but studied in Nicaragua…just because they presented a Bachelor’s Degree in pharmacy that equated to them being given a license, and that is not so. We fought that. We had to hire an attorney to fight that. And now this case! We just feel that there is a total disrespect to our profession altogether.”

 

Melhado says that they don’t frown on appointments of a political nature, as long as the person is qualified and all the guidelines for appointment are followed. This afternoon the Ministry of Health issued a lengthy release emphatically rejecting what they refer to as the underlying premise of the Association release. The ministry notes that indeed a highly qualified and extremely professional officer has been recruited to head an independent drug inspectorate unit, but state they it will not discuss the professional attributes of this or any other officer in a public forum. 

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1 Response for “Pharmacy Association says she does not meet requirements”

  1. CEO says:

    When you get into the public forum you better be prepared to discuss matters of this magnitude in the public forum!

    The people that does this type of work everyday I am more inclined to trust their judgment over some elected person who has no clue what they are talking about.

    Elected officials in Belize need to learn their position and the roll they should be playing so they will not buck their way through the system going from one controversy to another.

    The people of Belize should never accept inept leadership regardless which party they support because with good leadership the economic tide will rise and when that happens all boats will float; yes red boats and blue boats!

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