UAE: New Measures to Increase the Regulation of the Pharmaceutical Industry

The government of the UAE is set to pass new measures to increase the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry. Under the legislation, currently under review, those caught selling counterfeit medicine with be punished with up to five years in prison and a 1 million AED fine. There will also be prison sentences for up to a year in jail and a 500,000 AED for those selling poisonous substances. In addition, pharmacies caught overcharging for products could be fined up to 100,000 AED, with fines doubling for repeat offenders. Existing UAE legislation for in this area pharma industry dates back to 1983. The Federal National Council has said the draft laws would shortly be referred to the Cabinet. The FNC has also added pharmacists found to have faked a licences would be fined up to 200,000 AED and sentenced to two years in jail.

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