Former Deputy Minister of Health Cao Minh Quang and accomplices have been prosecuted for alleged wrongdoings in the purchase of materials for producing Tamiflu and the drug containing the Oseltamivir phosphate element to tackle the A/H5N1 flu virus in 2006.
Today, the Investigative Police Agency under the Ministry of Public Security said that it has proposed the prosecution of the defendants in the case at the Ministry of Health, the Cuu Long Pharmaceutical Company, and involved units including former Deputy Minister of Health Cao Minh Quang.
Vietnam imports over 85 percent of its medicinal ingredients and herbs to produce medicines; despite the country being home to various kinds of medicinal plants, reports Drug Administration of Vietnam.
Vietnam used to export traditional medicines, from the 1060s-1970s, but it is now entirely dependent on imported materials to manufacture drugs. Meanwhile, some rare species of herbs have been on the edge of extinction due to brutal exploitation, the topic of discussion at a meeting on May 30 in the southern province of Binh Duong.
Drug store chains in Ho Chi Minh City have begun implementing “Good Pharmacy Practices” by consulting patients on how best to use drugs, selling only medicines of clear origins, and properly preserving products with the appropriate storage technology.
Drugstores that are certified as adopting Good Pharmacy Practices (GPP) would be allowed to sell drugs bought into the country from abroad by individuals, Deputy Minister of Health Cao Minh Quang said.