Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials close five illegal pharmacies

Officials close five illegal pharmacies

Officials close five illegal pharmacies

FIVE illegal pharmacies were shut down in Phnom Penh late last month after failing to meet an April 25 deadline to register with the Health Ministry, and a further four are likely to be closed, a health official said after a meeting at City Hall on Monday.

Sok Sokun, director of the Phnom Penh Health Department, said the owners of the nine unlicenced pharmacies were discovered to have been selling fake drugs.

The five pharmacies “were shut down after we filed a complaint late last year asking the municipal court to shut down those illegal pharmacies because they refused to stop selling fake drugs,” he said, and added that he expected that the other four pharmacies would be shut down but did not know when this might happen.

Earlier this year, unlicenced pharmacies were given until February 28 to apply for licences from the ministry or face closure as part of a government crackdown. The deadline was later extended to April 25, but Sok Sokun said the nine pharmacies failed to meet both deadlines.

He said that around 50 of Phnom Penh’s 527 pharmacies are still unlicenced, and that health officials will continue the crackdown until all of them are registered.

“City Hall and health officials are cooperating with each other to eliminate all illegal pharmacies from our country, because we want to reinforce the health services for the people, and we don’t want to have illegal pharmacies anymore,” he said.

Phnom Penh Deputy Governor Chan Sam An, who led the meeting with health officials on Monday, declined to comment when reached by phone afterwards.

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP), an American government-funded organisation that sets quality standards for medicines, reported in April that Cambodian health officials had closed nearly 65 percent of illegal pharmacies across the country between November 2009 and this past March.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,