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Clinic raided over dodgy drugs

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Unlicensed medications are cleaned out of the clinic. Photograph: Thik Kaliyann/Phnom Penh Post

About 30,000 drugs and medicines were confiscated last week from a Chinese clinic in Siem Reap.

On Thursday June 7, members of the Economic Police division raided the Sopheak Mongkol on National Road 6, over the road from Psar Leu.

All drugs seized were either unlicensed by the Ministry of Health, or had expired.

Soeun Sem, chief of the Siem Reap Economic Police told Siem Reap Insider that hundreds of drugs were among the many thousands seized and sent to the Economic Police office, and all the drugs were imported from China.

Soeun Sem said, “We don’t know whether in China these drugs are legal or not. But in Cambodia all types of drugs must be checked and approved by the Ministry of Health.”

On Monday, Soeun Sem said that the owner had been traced to Phnom Penh and police were trying to establish cooperation with him.

But if cooperation does not occur, the clinic will be closed permanently.

Srea Ratanak, deputy Siem Reap prosecutor said it’s the first case in Siem Reap involving such a large amount of unlicensed drugs.

“It is too much,” he said. “We’ve never seen it liked this since we recently started to repress illegally drugs in our province.”

Ly Vannak, director of the drug office at the Provincial Health Department told Insider said that so far department of health experts have been unable to identify all the drugs seized.

She said, “We have to confiscate drugs such as this and warn the clinic’s owner to avoid any health problems to Siem Reap resident.”

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