Health authorities have warned pharmacies against circulating
medicines that have a composition other than approved by the quality
control centers, saying that these medicines could be harmful to human
The sources said the composition of
these medicines is changed by adding substances to enhance their
effectiveness after the authorities approved their samples. “These
changes might have negative effects on users, especially when doctors
do not know the changes in their composition,” informed sources
The warning was
issued after the finding of a false medical preparation, which would
have had gross negative effects on health of its users. They said the
composition was changed by some companies.
The BBC recently
warned against using fake medicines, saying that medical experts at
the US and British hospitals had reported deaths caused by such
Sources at the
Health Ministry have expressed fears that such medicines might have
found their way into the Kingdom.
Dr. Hamad Al-Aufy,
director of the quality control department at the Commerce Ministry,
said there are nine main laboratories in addition to their branches
under the department.
check various products including medicines imported into the country.