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MOH continues crackdown on pharmaceuticals

By Benjamin Flowers
this week, the Ministry of Health continued its efforts to strengthen controls on pharmaceuticals in Belize by publishing its first list of over the counter medications for general use.
The list contains 27 line items citing specific medications or specific classes of medications which includes things like petroleum jelly, Ibuprofen, paracetamol, mineral oil, oral vitamins, oral rehydration salts, Methyl salicylate, and isopropyl alcohol.
“Note that this is a provisional first list and the Director of Health Services will be reviewing this list continuously while making necessary modifications as we aim to keep the safety of the consumers as our primary principle,” the Ministry said.
The full list of items is available on the ministry’s website health.gov.bz.
Since 2014 the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Health has been taking steps to strengthen the pharmaceutical industry in Belize, starting with the establishment of a drug inspectorate, despite the controversial appointment of its director. GOB also implemented legislation for the establishment of a National Drug Registry and established an official list of pharmaceuticals that Belizean importers can bring into the country.

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