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Jun 3, 2019

Cocaine Testing Kit Found in Pharmacy; Police Investigating

Last week, the Ministry of Health issued a warning about medicines that are not officially recognized and registered by the ministry. The ministry, through its ongoing monitoring, detected that there were several brands and types of these medicines being sold to the public, which can pose a health risk. Today, Health Minister Marin said that in one of its visits, a cocaine testing kit was retrieved from a pharmacy and that the case is now with the police department.


Pablo Marin

Pablo Marin, Minister of Health

“The first thing we are doing is starting to go in every area to pull out whatever is illegal; once they cannot show their proof of entry, they cannot prove that they have already registered products. So that’s the first thing. The second thing that we did, we’re asking the Attorney General’s office to see how we could take those people to court. Right now, we had a situation—I will just put it out there—we found in a pharmacy, there was a kit to test cocaine. So I want to know what’s happening because the Police Department did come in and took that sample. But I want to know what’s happening with that because that is very illegal and I want to know what is happening with that case. Our people already documented it; they are doing the proper paper works for us to look at that.”


Marin says that the ministry is looking at supermarkets to look at control drugs and antibiotics and if they cannot provide the adequate documents to show proof of purchase, the pharmacy or business is issued a warning.

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