Audio: Web purchase: NDA to set up monitoring body

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The Director of the National Drugs Authority Dr. Hemantha Benaragama warned Lankans not to purchase medicines, especially drugs that were purported to enhance sexual performance over the internet.

He said that he had a meeting Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa regarding the issue and that a unit would be set up in collaboration with the Customs, Interpol and the CID to monitor such activities.

“There is a tendency of buying medicines through the internet,” Dr. Benaragama said.

According to law, drugs cannot be advertised without the approval of the particular country’s drugs authority but many websites advertise and sell such drugs.

“Any kind of medicine should be registered in a country where it is marketed and during the registration process the country’s regulatory authority would evaluate it and see whether the drug was suitable and safe,” he said.

“Three parameters are considered when issuing a permit: quality, safety and efficiency. None of these are followed by sellers on the internet.

“The danger is that these drugs could be counterfeit or fake and even contain poisonous ingredients. Many deaths are reported in the Western countries.
“The Food and Drug Authority (FDA) of the United States had listed the names of such fraudulent vendors.

“In Sri Lanka the number of incidents reported is low but still there are people who buy drugs and cosmetic items through the internet.

Dr. Benaragama requested the public not to buy medicines through e-prescribing through the internet.

He said that many people bought drugs advertised as performance enhancers.

He said the Customs had a large role to play and advised the Customs to check the imports if they had any doubt. (Chaturnga Pradeep)
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  • macho Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:22 PM

    customs officers may love this job since they anyway take home the " samples" of all items imported to the country. these pills wud make their lives a real fantacy! via DM Android App

    Azee Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:47 AM

    Earlier it was found that some medicines imported through legal channels were fake. Now it is imports through internet via DM Android App

    Kapil Wednesday, 16 April 2014 03:21 PM

    Good move. via DM Android App

    C P SILVA Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:58 AM

    ............. thitha

    Anonymous Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:28 PM

    How could you monitor when the drug is purchased using TOR? via DM Android App

    Chinthaka Nugegodage Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:22 PM

    Mala John , aanduwe kauru hari moodaka vikunanda vagee hadanne

    Vedha Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:08 AM

    Why go for fakes when we have our own Madhanamodakaya? via DM iPad app


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