Deputy PM vows strict punishment for fake medicines

Tuesday, 2018-04-17 03:40:25
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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam affirms the Government’s stand to strictly punish producers of fake cancer drugs and dietary supplements. (Photo: NDO/Dinh Nam)
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NDO – All acts of producing and/or trading in fake goods, counterfeit medicines, or fake foodstuffs must be strongly condemned and severely dealt with under the current laws.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam made the statement while chairing a working session with leaders from the Ministries of Health and Public Security and relevant agencies to intensify the clamp down on the production of counterfeit drugs and functional supplements.

He reiterated the Government and Prime Minister's stands on strongly condemning and severely punishing the acts, adding that special attention needs to be paid to products used in the treatment of chronic diseases like cancer, as patients suffering from such diseases must be treated with genuine quality products.

Regarding the recent detection of a so-called Vinaca Cancer Co3.2 counterfeit cancer treatment drug produced by Vinaca Company, the government senior official highly praised efforts from authorities in Hanoi, Hai Phong, and other forces in bringing the incident to light.

He also proposed that the Ministry of Health closely coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security to direct concerned units in strictly handling violations and other similar cases in accordance with the current laws.

The Deputy PM also acknowledged the agility from the media, while expressing his wish that the press would continue to uncover any such incidents and provide information to the public regarding to the use of medical and functional products, while consulting with the advice of medical professionals.

In the long-run, Deputy PM Dam asked the Ministry of Health to urgently implement the online management of all pharmacies across the country that offers full access to all medical products at drugstores. As the project has been piloted in Phu Tho, Hung Yen, and some other localities, he suggested that the system should be fully rolled out in 2018 to help people to differentiate fake medicines from the genuine products.