Health goods removed from Ha Noi drugstores

Update: August, 19/2015 - 18:04
Ha Noi Market Watch staff are checking the origin of health goods at one of drug store operating at Hapu centre. — Photo Duc Duy

HA NOI (VNS) — Four of six drug stores operating at the northern Viet Nam Hapu Centre have failed to present original papers for merchandise on their shelves, reported Ha Noi Market Watch.

During a large-scale inspection at Hapu Centre, located on Nguyen Huy Tuong Street, Thanh Xuan District, the market force seized 1,000 bottles of red ginseng water extract and nearly 1,200 catheters.

They also confiscated 11 boxes of functional foods, 45 boxes of wound dressing and 20 boxes of imported surgical masks. These goods are manufactured abroad, but had no legal documents of origin or registration numbers.

"The four drugstores were fined VND68 million (US$3,000)," said a representative from Ha Noi Market Watch.

"This wide-ranging inspection was meant to improve the responsibility of enterprises in doing business and to promptly detect violations to secure the benefits of consumers," said Hoang Dai Nghia, an official from the Ha Noi Market Watch.

The inspection work focused on the drugstores' facilities, equipment, quality of medicines and posting of bills, said Nghia.

Hapu is the largest distributor of medicine in the north, which accommodates 205 business establishments. The majority of these businesses, or 192 units, distribute trade medicines, while ten provide functional foods and the other three sell medical equipment.

Ngo Quoc Doanh, Vice Director General of Real Estate Investment Joint Stock Company, which leases drugstores, said, "To manage business activities of drugstores, the drugstore owners had to sign a pledge not to sell falsified goods. The building management team will end contracts with those who are found to sell fake goods by the authorities."

In 2013 the real estate company ended its lease contract with a drugstore shortly after it was found to have been selling false goods. — VNS