JFDA clarifies entry of medicine from abroad

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AMMAN — Over the past two days, social media was abuzz with news that the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) will prevent the entry of any medication it does not approve of.اضافة اعلان

In a statement published by the agency on its official website and on Facebook, JFDA Director-General Nizar Mhaidat said that individuals are allowed to bring into the country, for personal use, an amount of medicine sufficient for a period not exceeding three months.

According to Mhaidat, these instructions come with the aim of ensuring the safety of imported drugs and limiting the import of unregistered drugs in commercial quantities.

He added that teams of the supervisory institution seize, during the periodic inspection tours, commercial quantities of unregistered drugs of an unknown source that were brought to the Kingdom by travelers, are not subject to the transportation and storage requirements, and area not analyzed by the Food and Drug Administration laboratories, and therefore are not safe.

In order for someone to bring medicine from abroad, the statement said, they need to provide a medical prescription, among other things, according to the instructions for handling unregistered drugs imported in non-commercial quantities for specific patients.

Dr Mohammad Al-Ababneh, president of the Jordanian Pharmacists Association, told Jordan News that the ban came in implementation of Article 35 of the Drug and Pharmacy Law, and is not a new decision.

"Medications have storage specifications, standards, specifications, and laboratory tests done by the JDFA, and no medicine in Jordan is allowed to be traded except after it has gone through several stages” and the storage, specifications, and transportation measures were respected.

Some people bring medicines for chronic diseases for the purpose of selling them online, Ababneh said, stressing that the JFDA’s measures are taken to ensure the public’s safety.

Ababneh told Jordan News: "Ordinary, simple medicines are not a problem if they are in a reasonable quantity for a person to use. Regarding medicines for chronic diseases, the traveler himself must present the medical prescription so that he can be allowed to bring it with him."

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