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Kyrgyzstan changes procedure for medical centers inspection

A number of parliament deputies submit amendments to the Law On the Procedure for Conducting Inspections of Business Entities to ensure the safety of medicines and the provision of medical services by private centers.

They note that the medicines worth more than 10 million soms have been recognized defective in 2016.

«Counterfeit drugs, as well as medicines without the date of manufacture, with violation of the rules of marking or expired shelf life are being sold very often. The number of cases of uncertified medicines sale is increasing from year to year,» the background statement says.

At present, the authorized body for carrying out scheduled inspections is obliged to notify about it ten days before an inspection.

The bill proposes to avoid the practice of prior notification of the subject of inspection to ensure the protection of public health and the prosecution of unscrupulous entrepreneurs. The inspections will be conducted not more than two times within one year.

«This will reveal even more drugs that do not meet the requirements. This will reduce the risk of threat to life and health of the citizens,» the deputies believe.

Private medical centers, as well as individual entrepreneurs will be checked without notification.

«Currently, private clinics are checked only in case of complaints and applications. Unplanned sudden checks are conducted only after the spread of infectious diseases,» the deputies note.