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Ministry of Health ongoing efforts for quality pharmaceuticals Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

The Ministry of Health represented by Ms. Naomi Tzul, Drug Inspector, is participating in the Registration of Medicines and Health Products workshop being conducted by the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) and SE-COMISCA in Antigua, Guatemala.

A release from the Ministry of Health states that the main objective is strengthening national processes for the drug registration of medicines in Central America and the Dominican Republic that will allow consensus of the Central American Catalog of Medicines by the Drug Regulatory Authorities of the SICA Region.

It’s all part of the Ministry of Health efforts to have better drug regulations in Belize. Some of this is done by doing inspection at different pharmacies and pharmaceutical importers.

“Through drug inspection, we ensure that the stakeholders are complying with good storage practices, good distribution practices in terms of having pharmaceuticals, so that we continue to ensure that we have safe, effective, pharmaceuticals in our supply chain that are of quality,” says Mrs. Danini Marin, the Director of the Drug Inspectorate Unit within the Ministry of Health, who holds a Master of Science in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics.

When the Drug Inspectorate Unit do drug registration for all pharmaceuticals it does it independent of whether it is a brand name or generic product. Instead, the unit looks at the importers for good manufacturing practices, products and analysis certificates. These are based on World Health Organization or Pan American Health Organization international and regional guidelines.