Health agency checking drugs in pharmacies and medical labs

The government’s Sanitary and Prevention Agency (ARCSA) is conducting inspections at Cuenca pharmacies, medical services labs and drug distribution warehouses to make sure the drugs being sold and distributed meet national health standards. In 2017, 2,423 product inspections were executed, according to ARCSA regional coordinator, Florencia Neira.  “The number of drugs with problems was much higher than what we expected”, she said. Among the most serious issues her office discovered were expired drugs, unsanitary conditions for drug preparation, and poor instructions for users. In addition to checking for drug quality problems, ARCSA inspections make sure that drugs requiring doctors’ prescriptions…

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