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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 2: The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health announced that it had monitored 1,646 violations in some private medical centers and clinics and nutritional supplement stores during the past year for the presence of unregistered medicines and cosmetics and expired materials.
The ministry stated in a press statement on Wednesday, that 1,256 violations of private pharmacies were monitored through the Drug Inspection Department in the Ministry of Health, 104 violations of private medical centers and clinics, 125 violations of food supplement stores, 81 violations of veterinary drug stores, 51 violations of medical companies and their warehouses, and 29 violations of perfume shops. It added that it was noticed that some practitioners in these clinics are not specialists and do not hold licenses to practice the profession issued by the Ministry of Health.
It stated that coordination was recently made with other government agencies with competence to intensify efforts and cooperate with them in controlling some violating clinics, and legal action was taken against them by joint committees from the Public Authority for Manpower and the Ministries of Interior, Trade, Industry and Health represented by the Drug Inspection Department and the Health Licensing Department.
The Ministry confirmed that the Drug Inspection Department of the Drug Control Sector closely monitors and follows up the safety and quality of existing and consumed medicines and medical and pharmaceutical products in different places, including pharmacies, hospitals, companies, clinics and other places in the governmental and private sectors. The Ministry called on clinicians to abide by obtaining medical services through licensed health centers, in order to ensure the safety of citizens and residents. (KUNA)