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The Ministry of Health remains vigilant for our safety Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 September 2017 00:00

The Ministry of Health has issued a report of an unauthorized Neurobión ® 50 mil syrup 240ml bottle that has been found to be circulating in the Belize market. Investigations conducted by the Ministry of Health so far indicate that this Neurobión ® 50 mil has NOT been granted an importation permit for entry into Belize and the Ministry believes that the quality may be compromised.

The said product has been removed from the establishments where it was found and the Ministry continues to remain vigilant for any unauthorized product that may be present in the country. The said samples of products is labeled to come from “Merk”, has an expiry date of November 2020 and claims to contain the Active Pharmaceutical ingredients such as Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Hydroxocobalamin, Cyanocobalamin and Lidocaine Chlorhydrate

As a result, the Ministry of Health is recommending that if any member of the public has this product, to not use it.  Pharmacists are being asked to remove these from shelves and report suppliers of these products as these have not been authorized by the Ministry of Health. They are also being asked to report any suspicious pharmaceuticals, herbal supplements and vitamins including this product and similar presentations to their nearest drug inspector.

The Ministry reassures the public that it is taking the necessary measures to ensure that safe, effective and quality pharmaceuticals and related supplies are in the supply chain and the protection and safety of all remains of paramount importance to us. Reports on this product or any suspicious product can be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, the Director of Health Services has told the media that the items were found during a routine inspection.

“The items that were confiscated if you will and which triggered the process today where found during a routine drug inspection conducted in the Cayo, San Ignacio area. As any routine check would do, we would normally request for a proof of purchase, where they got it from. The pharmacy where this was found could not produce a proof of purchase; they could not say where they had gotten it from and that just triggered out a series of investigations.  What we would also do is check the labels of the product to see if they match currently with products not only for Belize, but the global system as well. And we couldn’t seem to find whether these products were actually genuine products, they seem to be counterfeit because we found secondary labeling, which means that some of them have stickers that were difficult to say when the customer bought the medication and it doesn’t seem to match what we have on file in terms of the presentation of the products on the original bond. So those irregularities are what triggered us to confiscate the items.”

The Ministry of Health remains vigilant.

“The people who were at the pharmacy did not want to say who gave it to them or where they got it from. As I said, they willingly gave up the product. We have written, I just wrote a letter to the pharmacy in question and they were given seven days to answer and they were also told, because this is the second irregularity upon them, that if they don’t provide an answer within seven days then we will take full legal action against them,” he also said.

One pharmacist who we checked with in San Ignacio says that the authorities should check with the importers of these medications. Another in Santa Elena told us that their drug imports come from reputable suppliers in both Britain and the United States.