Contreras in, Anderson out! Chief pharmacist banned from pharmaceutical meeting

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Reporter

Chief Pharmacist Sharon Sanchez-Anderson was barred this week from a technical meeting regarding the procedures in place for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.

Danini Contreras, director of the Drug Inspectorate, attended the meeting, amidst the controversy of her appointment and the call of the Pharmacy Association of Belize that she be removed from the post for lack of qualification.

According to Anderson’s Public Service Union representative, Ray Davis, the organizers from the Pan American Health Organization informed her, just prior to the session, that she could not attend the meeting on Wednesday.

PAHO also informed Anderson that the organization is not supposed to have direct contact with her, based on directives from the Ministry of Health.

The meeting was a strategy session, requested by the Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin, for PAHO to support the Ministry’s technical team in upgrading the technical procedures in place to ensure the quality of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.

Until the Ministry’s directive to exclude the chief pharmacist, Sanchez was an integral part of the meeting’s arrangement, liaising with PAHO and preparing materials for the session.
Anderson reported the exchange to the Director of Health Services Dr. Michael Pitts, and was told to still attend the meeting.

PAHO objected to her attendance, saying that her presence would make the meeting uncomfortable.
Davis explained that the PSU is meeting to consider what actions it will take to address what appears to be victimization by the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health Dr. Peter Allen.

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