|HCM City People’s Court opened a trial related to the smuggling of cancer medicines and falsification of documents at HCM City-based VN Pharma. — Photo zing.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has requested the Government take another look at VN Pharma’s licence to import seven drugs manufactured by Helix Pharmaceuticals Inc of Canada and the company’s registration papers for drug circulation.
The Government inspectorates will report on the inspection of the pharmaceutical company to the PM before December 31.
The Government Office has just sent the PM’s direction to relevant offices, also requesting inspection of the company’s winning bid to supply drugs for hospitals nation-wide.
The Ministry of Health denied granting any favour to VN Pharma, but doubts are swirling over the ministry’s involvement in the company’s scandalous drug smuggling racket.
Deputy Health Minister Nguyễn Viết Tiến issued a press release on August 29, clarifying the ministry’s responsibilities in connection with the licensing for VN Pharma to import 9,300 boxes of H-Capita 500mg in 2013.
The HCM City People’s Court sentenced Nguyễn Minh Hùng, VN Pharma’s chairman of the Board of Directors cum general director, and Võ Mạnh Cường, director of H&C International Marine Trade company, to 12 years behind bars for smuggling. Cường bought the drugs from a source overseas and later sold them to VN Pharma. — VNS