Safety and Quality of Drugs critical
Guyana’s adherence to food and drug regulations came under scrutiny at a seminar this morning at Cara Lodge. According to Director of the Government Analyst Food and Drug department Marlon Cole a study was done to see how the pharmaceuticals imported here ‘stack up’.
Cole said that the results of that study were very dismal and they can only wonder about other drugs imported. He said if the WHO that provides pre-qualification for products as well as suppliers were to randomly check here they would be very surprised.
The FDD Director said they are looking to finish their upgrade this year
Dr Morris Edwards represented the Chief Medical officer and he was also concerned about the situation here. He referred to the huge financial turnover in the pharmceutical industry world-wide and cautioned that though Government supports the sector the need for profits must not override quality and safety.
The seminar is also expected to look at packaging, record keeping, quality control and drug registration requirements.