Jeddah hospital fined $53k for illegal pharmaceutical warehouse, medicines

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A Jeddah hospital has been fined SR200,000 ($53,320) for stocking unregistered medicines and running an illegal pharmaceutical warehouse, it has been reported.

The privately run hospital, which has not been named, was dispensing 19 medicines not registered with the Saudi Ministry of Health.

It also had set-up an unlicensed warehouse that did not meet pharmaceutical regulations.

Six pharmacists working at the hospital were referred to a committee that considers violations by healthcare professionals.

Meanwhile, a women’s centre also was shutdown in the kingdom’s Eastern Province and fined SR30,000 for providing traditional herbal treatment without a license.

A herbalist working at the centre told investigators she had been practicing for more than 20 years and had treated numerous patients using herbal preparations and oils.

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