Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Healthcare and Medicine


UAE, April 16, 2017- The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has issued a warning against the online marketing of medicinal products, stressing that 90 per cent of the drugs promoted online are counterfeit and life threatening, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). H.E. Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for the Public Policy and Licensing Sector at MOHAP, noted that the WHO considers drug fraud as an organized crime that kills hundreds of thousands of patients annually.

H.E. Al Amiri emphasized that most of the counterfeit drugs sold online and smuggled into countries are medicines used to treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Fraudsters capitalize on the increasing demand for such products and the high prices of original medication. He further stated that medical fraud is an increasing issue, and can be attributed to the ease of manufacturing and producing counterfeit medicines, the high returns, and the lack of community awareness. He also noted that the issue of counterfeit medication is increasing due to the easy access people have to these drugs online.

The Assistant Undersecretary explained that the fake drugs contain dangerous substances that can cause serious and potentially fatal health complications, adding that counterfeit medication can lead to a loss in confidence in health care providers and systems. H.E. Al Amiri noted that the online marketing of medicine is becoming a major threat to the health of society, and that this is becoming a major challenge for the international community, especially when counterfeit medication is promoted via social media networks. He highlighted the practical steps being taken by MOHAP to combat this issue, including the Ministry's organization of the Second Emirates International Conference on Combating Drug Counterfeiting which will be participated in by several ministries, international organizations and institutions concerned with the counteraction of counterfeit medication.

His Excellency said that the conference will be held from May 1 to 2, 2017 and will be attended by Servier officials Per Perez, General Manager, and Dr. Magdi Abdo, Regional Director of Regulatory Affairs, in addition to over 1,000 doctors, pharmacists, and international experts in counterfeit drugs.

H.E. Al Amiri stated that many international organizations will be participating in the conference, including the US food and Drug Administration (FDA), Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the European Drug Authority, the United Nations (UN), the Belgian Drug Authority, the US Government Drug Enforcement Office, the Swedish Drug Authority and Society for the Protection of Property Rights, Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the General Administration of Drugs at the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Economy. He concluded by noting that MOHAP is monitoring the websites responsible for the promotion of counterfeit medication, stating that the UAE has become an international leader in combatting drug fraud.

Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 4874 times
Posted on : Sunday, April 16, 2017  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : IOSH to Unveil New Strategy at Middle East Conference
Next Story : World Haemophilia Day: UAE Parents Need to be Aware of the Signs of Bleeding Disorders, Urges Expert...
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers


Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Sports Bras Banishing Bounce by 83% arrive in store
Malabar Gold & Diamonds makes historic gain Opens 11 showrooms in a day across 6...
IKEA Welcomes Children in-store to Spread Love for the Arabic Language as Part o...
We Sheet You Not! Foreo Announces End of Face Mask Epidemic
Transform Your Skin In 2018 with QNET's Revolutionary Elixa Skincare
Experience the ultimate beauty extravaganza as MyBeautyFest kicks off with the i...
New Year, New Skincare!
Michael Kors Presents Spring 2018 Watches
Signature Scents for Your Home
Garden Party Style and Cult Classics: Swatch Launches Spring-summer 2018 Collection
Spring/Summer 18' Beauty Picks from Missha Cosmetics
Marine Torpilleur Military made for men who chart their own destiny
Corum Bubble Art For Those Who Appreciate A Work Of Art
Shimmering Gilda takes on a silvery sheen
Land Rover's 70th Anniversary Begins With Restoration of ‘Missing' Original 4x4
New Year – New Savings now with Al-Futtaim Honda
Mido's Baroncelli Prisma - A sparkling play of prisms enhanced by 51 diamonds'
Samsung Delivers Vision for Open and Intelligent IoT Experiences to Simplify Eve...
Samsung Electronics' 2018 Smart TVs Become First to be Industry-Certified for En...
Malabar Gold & Diamonds strengthens its global position as a leading jewellery r...
The Trésor Collection
Dubai Culture Organises ‘Carnival of Ideas'
EUROSTAR presents seven global tech majors at CABSAT 2018
Nissan reaffirms importance of electrification at World Future Energy Summit
Nissan and NASA extend research into autonomous mobility services
ESC's INDIASOFT to Bring Over 400 ICT Foreign Buyers To Bengaluru
Dubai Tour team line-up announced: 16 teams of seven riders at the start
“12th Edition of SNF's Family Fun Fair”
Defender Lives on: Land Rover Launches V8 Edition To Celebrate 70th Anniversary
Governments to Signal Support for IRENA Key Role in Global Energy Transformation
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Launches a Venture Capital Fund to Invest Up to $1 Bil...
Mashreq Bank offering credit cards for every passion
Dallas Picks Ericsson for Smart Cities Traffic Solution
Womenswear Preview and Showroom Connection: WHITE Man & Woman's Formula Bets on ...
HH Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum opens CABSAT 2018
The Balmain de Balmain Moon Phase Collection - loves personalisation to the moon...
LG's Award-winning 4k Uhd Projector to Debut at CES 2018
His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum Visits du's Stand on ...
Masdar unveils locally manufactured all-electric Eco-Bus at Abu Dhabi Sustainab...
Dubai Health Authority Director-General chairs brainstorming meeting, reduction ...
Dubai Outlet Mall celebrates DSF 2018 with amazing attractions for shoppers
British Group GFG Alliance makes binding offer to buy Aluminium Dunkerque from R...
Krypto Labs named Strategic Partner for World Future Energy Summit's CLIX
IRENA Commission to analyse how energy transformation driven by renewables will ...
IBM signs US$85 million private cloud managed services agreement with Emirates a...
Princess Reema hopes to see a woman in every Saudi sports federation
Dubai's Star Business Centre becomes the first commercial centre to accept crypt...
ENEC CEO: Barakah will be the first nuclear energy plant in the Arab world, sett...
Qualcomm and Ford Collaborate on C-V2X Global Initiative to Improve Vehicle Safe...