Health Ministry Withdraws Hundreds of Drugs Smuggled into Local Markets

Syrian health officials order the removal of over 200 products from local markets

The Syrian Ministry of Health has demanded its national directorates to remove from the market and destroy medicinal preparations that have entered Syria illegally.

According to a ministry source, although most of the 227 products originate from the European Union and are from well-known international companies, they entered Syria informally; their origin was recorded incorrectly, while issues also include the conditions of their transportation and the lack of laboratory control. As a result, the ministry took the decision to withdraw them from pharmacies and destroy them.

The list includes many types of medications and performance enhancers, including for sex and weight-loss, as well as sweeteners.

The products are developed by well-known brands and are produced in countries such as Germany, Spain, France, India, Britain, Italy, Turkey, South Korea, China, Switzerland, Denmark, Cyprus, the US, Canada and Lebanon.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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