Health Ministry responds to seizure of counterfeit pharmaceuticals


Health Ministry responds to seizure of counterfeit pharmaceuticals

The Ministry of Health advises the public that it has received a preliminary report from our Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division regarding an alleged find of counterfeit drugs in Trinidad.

As a result, the Ministry has ramped up its regulatory function in accordance with the Food and Drugs Act, the Dangerous Drugs Act and other related legislation.

According to a release sent by the Ministry this function includes the inspection and seizure of counterfeit pharmaceuticals from retail and wholesale outlets, where required. In addition to the Ministry’s ongoing, routine inspection schedule, additional inspections will be conducted in pharmacies throughout Trinidad with immediate effect.

The Ministry of Health will continue to liaise with the relevant stakeholders on this matter, including the Pharmacy Board of Trinidad and Tobago and the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

The Ministry reminds the public that due diligence should be taken when consuming or purchasing pharmaceutical products for themselves or others. This includes prescription drugs, over-the- counter drugs, vitamins and herbal products.

When purchasing pharmaceutical products, consumers are also advised to ensure the following:

> The product is not expired

> All labels are printed in English;
> The bottle or packaging is sealed and has not been tampered with;
> There is no unusual odour or colouration to the product;
> The product has no other abnormality.