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Earlier we showed you parts of today’s media interview with Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin. He also discussed the policing of players in the pharmaceutical industry to ensure that the meds on the market are genuine and safe. According to the Minister, in a recent sweep of pharmacies, his officials discovered a kit that is used to test cocaine, and it has raised serious red flags.


Screen_Shot_2019-06-03_at_7.52.44_PMPablo Marin, Minister of Health


“The first thing we’re doing is starting to go in every area to pull out whatever is illegal if they cannot show up their prove of entry or if they have not registered their products so that is the first thing. The second thing we did we are asking the Attorney General office to see how they can take those people to court, right now we had a situation where we put it out there and we found in a pharmacy there was a kit to test cocaine so I want to know what is happening because the police department did came in and took that sample but I want to know what is happening with that because that is very illegal and I want to know what is happening with that case, our people have already documented and are doing the proper paper works and for us to look at that.”


Reporter


“So what can happen to these pharmacies do they just close down the pharmacy, what happens to the persons that are in charged?”


Pablo Marin, Minister of Health


“You see, through the ministry we could close them down but right now how the police department took it over then there is another jurisdiction that we have to and that is where we need the legal minds to tell us what we need to do. The first thing that we are doing we are going to supermarkets and looking at control drugs, antibiotics and from there we wend the first letter and that is what more or less we starting to do.”


Reporter


“How did the ministry been able to detect this particular case that there was this illegally unregister medicine being sold?”


Pablo Marin, Minister of Health


“Well, we go to any location put it we go to a drug store, we go to a commercial place, we go to the market and once we enter and we see these medications and we do ask them can you give us a proof of purchase either a Customs’ entry or a license to sell medication and then once you cannot proof that we take it to our ministry and we give you sufficient time for you to say well I have it home and once you proof it then we give you back but if you don’t have proof then we take legal actions.”

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