NSCP warns of drug shortages

JFDA insists the country has adequate stocks

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AMMAN — The National Society for Consumer Protection (NSCP) reiterated its concerns over the shortage of some medicines in the market, expressing fear that this could be a prelude for an increase in drug prices. اضافة اعلان

Head of the NSCP Mohammad Obeidat called on the Ministry of Health to “take immediate steps and provide needed medicines without depending on medicine importers”.

Executive Director of the NSCP Maher Al-Hajjat told Jordan News that “we had received many complaints stating that certain kinds of medicines are out of stock”, adding that the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) denies that there is a shortage, “but that is not what we are finding”.

An official from a local pharmacy, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Jordan News that “some essential medicines have recently been out of stock”.

Owners of three pharmacies in three different areas of Amman all confirmed that there is shortage of some medicines, especially those treating chronic diseases and psychiatric conditions, for at least two months.

President of Jordan Pharmacists Syndicate Mohammad Ababneh, however, told Jordan News that there is “no shortage of any medicine”, reinforcing a statement by JFDA Director-General Nizar Mhaidat.

He added that “in case of a shortage of any kind of medicine, which could happen for short periods, there is always a replacement”.

Moreover, he noted that the prices of imported medicines are “decreasing since the euro dropped in value against the dinar”.

Mhaidat stated recently in a press statement that Jordan has an adequate and stable stock of medicine that covers the needs of the local market for a minimum of four and a maximum of six months, depending on the type of medicine.

He said that the JFDA monitors regularly the drug stock, and that measures are always taken to ensure there is no shortage.

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