Friday, February 5, 2010

Selling counterfeit drugs to patients

The saga of counterfeit medication continues in Lebanon. The minister of Health shut down 8 pharamcies (and 4 medical supplies warehouses) that sell counterfeit medications, among which Plavix, an anticoagulant. Yet the closing of these pharmacies is only temporary and it is here tha the problem lies: A pharmacist that is willing to trade health for money is playing with life and hence should have his/her licence revoked. A simple temporary suspension will not do. I paste below and article that I wrote a few years back and that was published in Annahar Newspaper in the hope that it might not fall on deaf ears this time.

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