The Ministry of Health in the Sultanate of Oman issued a circular to withdraw and stop the dispensing and circulation of a number of medicines. Produced by the Emirates Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar).
The Sultanate of Oman’s health said in an official statement that it monitored (Watan). This is due to the non-conformity of the mentioned medicines with the approved specifications In terms of studies of stability.
Issued #Ministry of Health A circular to withdraw and stop the dispensing and circulation of a number of medicines produced by Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar), due to the non-conformity of the aforementioned medicines to the approved specifications in terms of stability studies.# Oman_Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/AoxIMjflA1
Ministry of Health – Oman (@OmaniMOH) February 7, 2021
This comes after the Omani Ministry of Health decided last week to stop using the Emirati drug “Profinal” and immediately stop using it. This was preceded by a similar decision in both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
The new statement issued by the Sultanate today, Sunday, in this regard, includes the names of 9 medicines belonging to the UAE company, Julphar.
The Ministry of Health, represented by the General Directorate of Pharmacy and Drug Control, issued a circular to withdraw and stop the dispensing and handling of medicines: (Mucolyte Syrup) – (Supraproct-S Suppositories) – (Julmentin 375mg Tablets) – (Butalin 2mg Tablet) – (Butalin 4mg Tablet) – (Julmentin) Forte Tablets) – (Scopinal Syrup) – (Lipigard 10mg Tablets).
The Ministry stated through its account that these drugs were withdrawn due to the non-conformity of the mentioned drugs in terms of stability studies.
A circular was made to the local agent of the producing company to take the necessary measures to withdraw and stop the dispensing of these medicines from all health care institutions. In the governmental and private health sector.
The ministry had issued a circular last Thursday to withdraw, stop and circulate the drug “Profinal” (Profinal Suspension) used. As a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and fever reducer for children, produced by Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries, “Julphar”.
This is because it does not conform to the approved specifications for the amount of active substance.
In addition to monitoring insoluble deposits on the top of the product bottle wall that do not dissolve by shaking.
The Ministry of Health called on everyone to stop using all these medicines and to see a specialist doctor to order alternative medicines.
Have mercy on our patients from your toxins
For his part, the prominent Omani account of “Al-Shaheen” was suspended on Twitter, and considered these medicines as poisons coming from the UAE that must be stopped.
And in his tweet that Watan recorded, he wrote: “For the sixth time. Drugs not fit for use are withdrawn from the production of the Gulf Company.
This time 8 different drugs. Have mercy on our patients from your toxins. “
And for the sixth time. Drugs unfit for use are withdrawn from the production of the Gulf Company
This time 8 different drugs
Have mercy on our patients from your toxins https://t.co/ewNzzrx38I
– 🦅Al Shaheen 𝗙𝗔𝗟𝗖𝗢𝗡_𝟬𝟭 (@ _FALCON_01) February 7, 2021
Why did Saudi Arabia withdraw “Profinal” from the market?
This comes in note that the same decision was taken by several other Gulf states, including the country of origin, the Emirates.
And according to Saudi media, the Food and Drug Authority in the Kingdom has withdrawn the drug “Profinal” from the market.
The authority stated that the product produced by Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) has been withdrawn from the market.
Defective product quality
She attributed this to a defect in the quality of the product represented by the non-conformity of a number of product operations with the approved specifications.
The authority added in a circular sent to health authorities in Saudi Arabia that the product bears the scientific name (Ibuprofen) and the registration number 74-186-98. According to the Saudi Press Agency “SPA”.
The authority’s circular indicated last week that the company was obligated to withdraw the product from all beneficiaries, and it advised consumers. To stop using the product and refer to a specialist doctor to dispense the alternative.
The same decision in Kuwait
The Kuwaiti authorities took the same decision to withdraw the aforementioned medicine from the market.
Where the Assistant Undersecretary for Drug and Food Control Affairs at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Abdullah Al-Badr, announced last week the issuance of a registration department. And the control of medicinal and botanical medicines decided to withdraw and suspend the registration of Provinal Syrup, produced by the UAE company Julphar.
According to the local Al-Qabas newspaper, Al-Badr explained that this procedure was based on the circular issued by the Ministry of Health and Community Protection in the UAE. United Arab Emirates, the country of origin of the preparation.
This is due to the non-conformity of a number of operations with the approved specifications for the quantity of the active substance and the presence of insoluble deposits on the top of the bottle wall that do not dissolve by shaking.
The Assistant Undersecretary for Drug and Food Control Affairs at the Ministry of Health added, to Kuwait News Agency, that the registration of the product is suspended in the State of Kuwait. It will continue until the new batches are verified that they meet the approved specifications.
Al-Badr pointed out that non-conforming operations are not available in the State of Kuwait.
The Kuwaiti official also indicated that since 2018, Provinal Syrup has not been authorized to trade.
Stressing that any drug must be analyzed to ensure its quality in the laboratories of the Department of Registration and Control of Medicinal and Botanical Medicines before they are allowed to be circulated.
And recently, the UAE has been known to cheat many commercial products and others, and activists in the Gulf launched a wide campaign to boycott Jebel Ali products, as they described it.
Activists in their campaign pointed out at the time that Emirati companies had been producing counterfeit foodstuffs containing the name of Saudi brands.
But it was found that it was packaged inside the “Jebel Ali” region of the UAE, exported to Saudi cities, and its circulation in the local markets of the UAE was prohibited. Meaning that it is produced especially for Saudi citizens.
In June of last year, Saudis launched a new electronic campaign on the Twitter site to boycott Emirati products. A month after a similar campaign, it met with widespread resonance among the Saudis, who uncovered catastrophes for all products bearing the symbol “629”, which is the barcode for Emirates products.
The hashtag “# The second wave_jebel Ali” was on top of the list of the most popular hashtags on Twitter at the time. A second electronic wave was launched, warning of adulterated UAE products and “Jebel Ali”.
Saudi activists spread through the hashtag at the time their personal experiences with Emirati products. Amid calls for the banning of all those promoting invalid UAE goods, considering that they harm the Saudi local market and pose a threat to health.
Activists revealed the vast difference in quality and manufacturing between the original products and their semblance struck in Jebel Ali.
They also shared pictures of instructions written on some products that they are banned in the UAE due to their danger, but they arrived in the Kingdom wondering how they entered without examination.
Omani reservation towards Emirates products
Omanis have a large reservation on the products coming from the UAE, which bear the symbol “629”.
And after the “Jebel Ali” scandal, that region in Dubai where international products are imitated and deceived, and then exported to Gulf countries, including Oman.
Activists in the Sultanate of Oman have previously launched a campaign to boycott Emirati products after seizing more than one Emirati product that does not meet the specifications.
As well as adulteration and counterfeiting of Omani products in Jebel Ali in the UAE and re-exporting them to the Sultanate.
This massive campaign also resulted in last year the Sultanate of Oman and Kuwait issuing data on Emirati products traded in the two countries.
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