Last week a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development aimed at improving and monitoring peddling activities in Belize as well as the further monitoring of businesses related to health. While the MOH has taken a stand to ensure that there is an availability of high standard pharmaceuticals within the Belizean market for the benefit of all customers, tonight we can tell you that the MOH has already introduced and presented new standards to the National Assembly as it relates to the Food and Drugs Act Chapter 291 of the substantive Laws of Belize and are currently awaiting for final approval.
The Ministry is also collaborating with pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers and importers so as to have them adhere to these standards which form part of a shared and agreed condition previously established with providers on the granting of license. The Ministry remains on board as it relates to setting up Standard Operating Procedures and Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms that will allow for a functional Supply Chain Management System. It is expected that the reviewed bill that was presented in August will assist the Ministry in executing well-founded penalties on persons/businesses who break the law.
As part of the MOH’s agenda, a comprehensive Drug Registry is presently being worked on and despite the many challenges being faced at this point in time, the work towards setting up mechanisms to establish a functional management system remains firm. The Ministry continues to focus on strengthening the regulation of imported drugs by employing procedures for quality as a means of securing the health of the general public and is asking the community to report any suspicion that may arise on the quality of medication or pharmaceutical services.