BANGKOK, 5 April 2012 The Public Health Ministry has stepped up its move to tackle the illicit use of pseudoephedrine in the country.
Health Minister Wittaya Buranasiri said on Wednesday that the Ministry has called for a meeting with representatives from 64 producers of medicines with pseudoephedrine as ingredients and 4 importers of the drug.
Mr. Wittaya said that the meeting focused on the state measures to control the production and sales of pseudoephedrine.
The discussion followed an earlier announcement of a new regulation which lists pseudoephedrine-based medicines as controlled substances under the Psychotropic Substances Act B.E.2518. The new restriction came into effect on Wednesday.
The Health Minister also said that, at the meeting, participants got to speak their minds and raised their concerns over the measures.
He added that the Health Ministry will work with the ICT Ministry to develop a central database system to control the distribution of pseudoephedrine for future use.
Meanwhile, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Secretary-General Dr. Pipat Yingsaree said that, within the next 30 days, pharmacies and clinics with supply of pseudoephedrine-based medicines are to ship all of them back to producers.
Dr. Pipat added that after the grace period, FDA will not allow any pharmacies to hold such medicines while only clinics with official permits will be able to have them for prescription.
(NNT : Nopparat Chaichalearmmongkol)