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United Arab Emirates Blood derivatives new import rules

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United Arab Emirates Blood derivatives new import rules

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:29 am

Blood derivatives new import rules

The Drug Control Department of the Ministry of Health has set new rules on imports of blood derivatives and other biological substances, to streamline the entry of these products, said an official source.

Health certificates along with shipments of blood derivatives and other biological substances must clearly certify that the country of origin is free from any infectious or epidemic diseases.

A certificate indicating the pharmaceutical formula registered by the ministry is also required. A list of the shipment's contents that outlines each kind of drug, its components and the size of the packages, numbers and expiry dates, must be included with the documents.

For blood derivatives which are yet to be registered in the ministry, a registration certificate of the factory or the formula must be attached along with a health certificate attesting that the country of origin is free from any infectious or epidemic diseases.

If a company does not want to get its products tested by the drug control laboratory in the country, a health certificate issued from one of the referential laboratories approved by GCC countries must be available, explained the source.

The UAE has the right to collect random samples from the blood derivatives to ensure they are free from disease. The ministry strictly controls the blood derivatives to make sure they comply with the country's specifications in order to ensure public safety.

Meanwhile, four million capsules, pills and syrup bottles were destroyed by the Drug Control Department.

According to Dr Easa bin Jakka Al Mansouri, Director of the Drug Control Department, while some of these medicines were found unfit for human consumption, others were not registered by the ministry. In collaboration with customs and postal authorities, the department turned back 478 parcels of medicines last year, he said.

These parcels were rejected from entering the country for containing medicines which are not registered by the ministry

Some of these medicines were expired, while others were not identified, because their components were not known. Other parcels were turned back, because they exceeded the amount required by individuals.

He added that all medicine prescriptions are being controlled by the department. A total of 219,000 controlled prescriptions were issued in the northern emirates last year. The department conducted 1,700 inspections at various pharmaceutical firms during the same period.

Around 549 pharmacies in the northern Emirates were registered in 2002.
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