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Abu Dhabi’s HAAD Stresses the Consequences of Selling Counterfeit Medication

HaadAfter being reported that 15 fake boxes were being illegally sold over-the-counter (), an audit inspector from the Health Authority () posed as a mystery shopper in an Abu Dhabi-based supermarket last January. During a press briefing yesterday,Haad officials assured reporters explaining that all faked medication sold in that same supermarket were immediately seized and confiscated despite they refused to name the supermarket.

Also three other supermarkets across the emirate were reported to be selling counterfeit medication, such as 100 mg of fake Viagra tablets for Dh48, which originally costs Dh986 for a 50 mg box. Dr Jamal Al Ka’abi, Acting Director, Health System Compliance at the Haad, said “However, through joint efforts with different authorities, any supermarket or herbal center that is found to sell counterfeit medication will be shut down, and in some cases reported to prosecutors”.

According to the Medical and Pharmaceutical Licensing Committee recommendations, last April two privately-owned pharmacies were instantly shut down for one month after selling, exchanging, and buying OTC counterfeit and expired medication. Dr Al Ka’abi mentioned ”Very few counterfeit cases were found to exist among our 609 licensed pharmaceutical facilities. Our real worry is counterfeited drugs and herbs sold in supermarkets and herbal centers. That’s why it’s vital that consumers be well-informed of the difference between counterfeit and real medication”

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