Namibia to review medicine application dossiers: Ndishishi

17 Jun 2013 09:00
WINDHOEK, 17 JUN (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) is in the process of soliciting the services of private persons with the required skills to assist with the reviewing of medicines' application dossiers in the country.
MOHSS Permanent Secretary Andrew Ndishishi said in a statement issued here on Monday that such experts will do inspections of pharmaceutical manufacturing sites producing medicines which appear on the NamList, preferably.
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?The public is very much concerned about the state of health services in Namibia. Our response to that public concern is to make sure that medicines used to treat the people in Namibia conform to the laws of the country,? he said.
Ndishishi added that it is the responsibility of the tenderer to ensure that medicines are registered in line with Namibian laws, specifically the Medicines and Related Substances? Control Act, 13 of 2003.
?We are aware of the fact that we have a shortage of pharmaceutical personnel to deal with the registration of medicines, and the inspection of pharmaceutical manufacturing sites.
However, we have received seven pharmaceutical staff (members) recently, who will be deployed in these sections to assist with the reviewing of the medicines' application dossiers,? he stated.
Ndishishi said the ministry recently conducted a print media campaign to educate the public on the regulations of the Registration of Medicine Suppliers to Namibia in February and March 2013 to ensure that companies intending to tender for pharmaceutical supplies are well-aware of such regulations.
?It is obligatory upon Government to ensure that the quality, efficacy and safety of the medicines distributed in the country are ensured.
It is also an obligation upon the ministry to ensure that the establishments producing such products meet the World Health Organisation?s (WHO) standards, and that they conform to good manufacturing practices in line with the functions of the Namibia Medicines? Regulatory Council, a body established in terms of Section 2 of the Medicines and Related Substances? Control Act, 13 of 2003,? he said.