YEREVAN, December 3. /ARKA/. Armenia imported medicaments worth $86 million in Jan-Oct 2013, Ghukas Ulikhanyan, adviser to the health minister, said Tuesday at a news conference.
“In 2012 we imported drugs worth $80 million, while in Jan-Oct 2013 we already imported medicaments worth $86 million,” he said.
Hakob Topchyan, director of the health ministry’s Center for Drug Examination and Medical Technologies, speaking at the same news conference, said the center is regularly monitoring imported drugs.
He said this year three varieties of fake drugs – Dostinex, Rotsefin and Sandostatin – were found and destroyed.
Laboratory examination has showed that there were also drugs with their shelf life expired but repacked and carrying new shelf life expiry dates on them.
Topchyan said some of these drugs were brought to Armenia from Georgia. He added that in one of three cases faked drugs were found right on the border.
He said not a single country is able to keep the entire drug turnover under control and prevent penetration of fake products into market. There are 50 to 60 drug importers in Armenia now. ---0----