KUWAIT CITY, Feb 17: Ministry of Health has denied the news article published in Al-Anba daily on Friday, Feb 15 concerning the shortage of medicines – Proton, which is used for stomach illnesses, and Baby Aspirin, which is used to prevent heart attacks, and clots in the brain and heart – at Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, the daily reports.
According to the news report, Ministry of Health withdrew Baby Aspirin 81, which was imported to Kuwait from the UAE, for the sake of patients’ health and safety because of the company’s failure to implement the guidelines of the Council of Health of GCC countries for permanent studies of pharmaceutical products.
The claim made by Ministry of Health that alternative medicine from Bayer German Company has been made available confirms the news report. However, this information is not true and Ministry of Health insisted that no alternative medicine was provided by the pharmacy of Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital.
The second medicine mentioned was Proton for stomach illnesses. Ministry of Health said this medicine is available in appropriate quantities and with multiple alternatives, and there is no shortage of this medicine in the medical warehouses. Unfortunately, this information is also incorrect because if it was true, why did Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital not give out the medicines when it was available? Why wasn’t a suitable alternative given to the patients? The daily also wondered why the warehouses delayed in supplying the medicine to the Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital’s pharmacy if they were available in plenty in the warehouses. Al-Anba daily affirms that it only published the report due to absence of the medicines ‘Proton’ and ‘Baby Aspirin’ at Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, which took up the responsibility and gave the patients an official document titled ‘receipt of medication’ in order to ensure the delivery of the missing medicines to benefit from the lack of ‘Proton’ and ‘Baby Aspirin’ medicines.