Wednesday , January 16 2019

Minister spares bedoun from paying health fees

Dietary supplement withdrawn

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 9: Acting Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al-Harbi has extended the period for exempting Bedouns with expired security cards from paying fees in hospitals and medical centers until the end of December, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

This is in accordance with the decision of acting Undersecretary Dr Mohamad Al-Khashti who instructed the directors of health districts to inform the directors of hospitals and affiliated centers to exempt Bedouns with expired security cards from the health fees for more than one month.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has admitted that it has withdrawn the dietary supplement of Magnesium Oxide because it did not conform to the pharmaceutical specifications, reports Al-Rai daily.

The pharmaceutical sector has the transparency, the courage and the professionalism to preserve the credibility of the technical practice of selecting and distributing the medicine within the reference of operational policies adopted over the years,” said pharmacist Abeer Mansour, director of the pharmaceutical warehouses department at the Ministry of Health.

Earlier, a report issued by the management for registration and control of medicines for distribution to hospitals and health centers, had said it had discovered the product that was distributed was not in accordance with specifications.

The ministry had reportedly distributed the medicine to hospitals and health centers without waiting for the results of samples which were sent for testing. The tests results proved the product does not conform to the manufacturing specifications prompting officials in the medical warehouses to correct the error.

As a result, requests were sent across to withdraw the medicine and stop subscribing it to patients after it had already been prescribed to a large number of patients who may be exposed to complications. The test results of the batch No. 11458600 of Magnesium Oxide 400mg tablet proved to be inconsistent with the specifications of the manufacturer.

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