Khetam Malkawi in the Jordan Times reports that the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) announced on Monday that they have seized a large consignment of counterfeit and unlicensed drugs that were smuggled into the Kingdom.
The following are some of the highlights of the story:
• JFDA Director General Mohammad Rawashdeh stated that this was one of the largest consignments of smuggled and counterfeit medicine confiscated by the administration over the past several years.
• Rawahdeh noted that some of the counterfeit drugs contain a substance with harmful side effects and cause death if used to excess.
• The JFDA is currently following up on complaints received from citizens about packages of blood pressure drugs sold in pharmacies that turned out to be empty, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported yesterday.
• Rawashdeh told Petra that the drugs are locally manufactured and that the JFDA has notified the manufacturing company, which attributed the empty packages to a problem in the production lines.
• According to JFDA figures, the JFDA seized about JD1 million worth of fake and smuggled medicine in 2008, compared to JD16 million in 2007. No figures are yet available for the year 2009.
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To read the Jordan Times article on line, visit: http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=25299&searchFor=jfda%20seizes%20smuggled%20drugs.