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Pharmacy charged with smuggling drugs, cosmetics

Update: June, 04/2016 - 14:08
The HCM City People’s Committee on Thursday (June 2, 2016) sanctioned several Minh Châu drugstores for selling smuggled cosmetics, dietary supplements and modern medicine, including antibiotics and prescribed drugs, in large quantities.— Photo nld.com.vn

HCM CITY – The HCM City People’s Committee on Thursday (June 2, 2016) sanctioned several Minh Châu drugstores for selling smuggled cosmetics, dietary supplements and modern medicine, including antibiotics and prescribed drugs, in large quantities.

Last month, the city’s Market Watch Department began inspections of Minh Châu’s drugstore chains on Hai Bà Trưng Street in District 1, after noticing suspicious sales practices carried out by the drugstores.

Minh Châu Drugstore on 402A Hai Bà Trưng Street, owned by Đoàn Thị Nhật Thảo, had 11,182 products, including cosmetics, dietary supplements, and drugs without clear origins, on sale.

Similarly, 2,646 products were seized at another Minh Châu drugstore owned by Lâm Đạo Hoàng Nam.

At a drugstore owned by Trương Uyên Phương on 380 Hai Bà Trưng Street, authorities confiscated 774 units of smuggled goods.

The pharmacy’s license for drug practice and business was withdrawn in the past for not failure to monitor drug sales and lack of complete legal documents.

Phan Hoàn Kiếm, chief of the city’s Market Watch Department, said that drugstores under the Minh Châu Pharmacy chain would be fined hundreds of millions of đồng.

Confiscated drugs, dietary supplements and cosmetics would be sent to relevant agencies for further inspection.

Trần Vĩnh Tiến, vice chairman of the city’s People’s Committee on Wednesday (June 1), issued an administrative sanction of VNĐ94 million (US$4,194) against a Minh Châu drugstore on 431 Hai Bà Trưng Street in District 3, local newspapers reported. – VNS

 

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