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MOH Closes and Fines Violating Pharmacies
16 April 2014
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has approved the decision of the Health Professionals' Violations Consideration Committee at the Eastern Region's Health Affairs General Directorate, fining a pharmacist working at private pharmacy in Dammam SR 10.000, for violating the Health Professions Law and its regulation, banning pharmacies from having expired drugs.
 
Also, the Ministry has approved another decision by the Private Health Institutions' Violations Committee in al-Jouf, stipulating the closure of a private pharmacy for 60 days, pursuant to the Pharmaceutical Companies and Products Law. The said pharmacy was found infringing the law, as its license is expired. Besides, the signboard of the pharmacy does not match the license issued by the regions health affairs general directorate.
 
Within the same vein, the Ministry has approved another decision by the Private Health Institutions' Violations Committee in Taif, fining a private pharmacy in Taif SR 20.000, pursuant to the Pharmaceutical Companies and Products Law. The said pharmacy was found non-compliant with the law, as it includes pharmaceuticals that are not registered nor licensed by the Ministry. It also includes expired drugs, and others unregistered and unlicensed. 
 
The MOH has emphasized that it would take all the statutory procedures, including the cautionary closure, towards any health institution that does not comply with the required quality standards of health services; in an endeavor to oblige such institutions to improve their conditions and redress all irregularities observed there, pursuant to the statutory procedures.
 



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