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Monday 10 August, 2020

Increased inspection at pharmacies after counterfeit drug find

The Health Ministry is warning the public to exercise vigilance when purchasing pharmaceuticals following an alleged find of counterfeit drugs in Trinidad.

In an advisory on Friday, the Ministry said it received a preliminary report from the Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division on the possible counterfeit find.

As a result, in addition to its routine inspection schedule, further inspections will be conducted in pharmacies throughout Trinidad with immediate effect.

The inspection and seizure of counterfeit pharmaceuticals from retail and wholesale outlets, where required, will be carried out as part of the Ministry’s mandate in accordance with the Food and Drugs Act, the Dangerous Drugs Act and other related legislation.

The Ministry issued the following advice to consumers when purchasing prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbal products for themselves or others:

1. Ensure the product is not expired

2. All labels are printed in English

3. The bottle or packaging is sealed and has not been tampered with

4. There is no unusual odour or colouration to the product

5. The product has no other abnormality

Anyone who believes that he/she may have purchased counterfeit pharmaceutical products is strongly advised not to use the product and to contact the Office of the Drug Inspectorate at 625-6049 and 627-0046 or the Chemistry Food and Drugs Division at 623-5242.

The Ministry said it will continue to liaise with the relevant stakeholders on this matter, including the Pharmacy Board of Trinidad and Tobago and the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. 

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