|A saline water production assembly at a branch of the Đại Lợi International JSC in HCM City. — Photo thanhnien.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Three pharmaceutical businesses in HCM City were fined VNĐ180 million (US$7,920) each for being unable to present necessary certificates related to medicine production.
The three companies were fined for producing natri chloride 0.9% when they were not yet certified as complying with the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Guidelines by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and for not registering their medicinal products with the authorities.
The three companies are the COMIHO Việt Nam JSC located in Tân Bình District, the Đại Lợi International JSC and the Nam Hà Medical Equipment Production and Trading JSC, both located in District 12.
Another company, the Quốc Anh International Hospital Ltd located in the city’s Bình Tân District, was fined VNĐ120 million ($5,280) for providing medical examination and treatment services beyond their registered scope of expertise.
Fines of VNĐ3 million to VNĐ35 million ($132 to $1,540) were imposed on thirteen clinics and pharmaceutical businesses in the city from August 28 to September 1 for their wrong medical practices and medicine production and trade.
The types of wrongdoings include trading medical equipment without documents that clarify their origins, retail trading of outdated medicines, advertising medical services that are beyond their registered scope of expertise, and advertising specialised products and services without approval from the authorities. — VNS