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Guyana: “‘Quacks’, ‘bush doctors’ in for heavy scrutiny”

– as stakeholders meet to help bring errant pharmaceutical sector in line

THE Public Health Ministry in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) is meeting with key stakeholders with the view of strengthening the country’s Pharmaceuticals Acts and Regulations.

The two-day consultative forum opened here on Monday at Parc Rayne Rahaman’s Park with the aim of reviewing, strengthening and making current the Food and Drug Act and Regulations, the Antibiotics Act and Regulations, the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and Regulations, the Pharmacy Practitioners Act and the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance.

Guyana’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, who was among health officials that addressed the forum, said while there may not be a need for additional legislation with respect to pharmaceuticals, there is an obvious need for existing legislation and regulations to be strengthened. Enforcement in some cases remains a major problem, he told those present.

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