…department to take legal action against defaultersThe Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-F&DD) will be moving against those suppliers who would have supplied institutions in the public health care system with unregistered drugs.According to the GA-F&DD Director, Marlon Cole, the department has received complaints from patients who have received unregistered drugs, and those complaints indicate that this is a widespread problem.“We have environmental officers in all the regions who are appointed Food and Drug Inspectors and carry out our mandate on our behalf. We have regional coverage there. We have persons that would go to the Customs Department and refer entries we would have an interest in. So we have some protection at ports,” he explained.Cole further explained that inspections are carried out at storage bonds and places where these drugs are distributed by the department’s own city inspectors. And then, of course, he noted the mechanisms in place for consumers to lodge complaints…for instance, in the case of wrong labelling.“We will be taking legal action against some importers who are knowingly and deliberately releasing and distributing unregistered drugs into the national health care system. We have been receiving complaints about drugs that are not safe and efficacious after they’ve been used, and we are heavily dependent on those reports emanating out of the health care system,” he explained.“In addition, we would be embarking on our pharmaceutical vigilance system in addition to doing some surveys,” Cole explained. “But the problem with unregistered drugs is widespread, and we’re tackling it in the same way we’re dealing with food.”DrugsLast year, the Public Health Ministry introduced a new system for procuring of drugs and medical supplies, with the aim of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the drug supply chain in the country.This was accompanied by several changes in the bidding documents, which were intended to create a more level playing field among competitors. Following the massive shortage of drugs in the country, the then Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, admitted that the change in the procurement system is probably the likely cause for the drug shortages being experienced.Previously, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence had said that, in 2016 and 2017, several firms were awarded contracts to supply pharmaceuticals to the health sector, but failed to deliver.The International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) was one of those companies that failed to supply all of the drugs it was expected to deliver, because it was not qualified to import some specialised pharmaceuticals.In January 2016, IPA was awarded two contracts to supply the GPHC with pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. On one of the contracts — for $36.5 million — the company delivered only 80 per cent of the pharmaceuticals, because it was not qualified to supply the remainder.The remaining 20 per cent of drugs consisted of narcotics, including morphine, which required special certification for importation. It is understood that in order for a firm to import narcotics-type pharmaceuticals, it must be registered in order to be granted a licence.But the company was not registered to import those categories of drugs, and was therefore denied a licence by the GA-FDD.It has been argued that pre-qualification (a practice from which Government has moved away) could have prevented a company that is not registered to provide specialised drugs from getting the contract.
Engin Atsur scored all 21 of his points after halftime to help avenge a 23-point regular season loss to the Blue Devils (22-10), who had won seven of the previous eight ACC tournament titles, including the past two. Greg Paulus led Duke with 18 points and Josh McRoberts and DeMarcus Nelson both scored 17. The Blue Devils fell behind 73-70 on Costner’s three-point play in the opening minute of overtime and never fully recovered. Duke played without freshman Gerald Henderson, who served a mandatory one-game suspension for a flagrant foul that broke Tyler Hansbrough’s nose during the closing seconds of a loss to North Carolina last Sunday. The loss was the third straight for the Blue Devils. No. 5 Memphis 92, Marshall 71: Doneal Mack and Jeremy Hunt scored 19 points apiece to lead the Tigers (28-3) in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament in Memphis, Tenn. No. 9 Georgetown 62, Villanova 57: Roy Hibbert scored eight of his 14 points in Georgetown’s opening 26-2 run, and the Hoyas (24-6) held on in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament in New York. No. 10 Nevada 88, Idaho 56: Marcelus Kemp scored 17 points and the Wolf Pack (28-3) gave their starters plenty of rest in the quarterfinal round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. No. 12 Louisville 82, West Virginia 71, (2OT): Terrence Williams scored 21 points and Earl Clark added 17 as the Cardinals (23-8) won in double overtime in the quarterfinals of the Big East conference tournament. No. 13 Pittsburgh 89, No. 18 Marquette 79: Aaron Gray scored 22 points to help the Panthers (26-6) beat the Golden Eagles (24-9) in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. Miami 67, No. 17 Maryland 62: Jack McClinton scored 17 points, Brian Asbury added 12 and the undermanned Hurricanes (12-19) upset the Terrapins (24-7) in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. No. 20 Notre Dame 89, Syracuse 83: Russell Carter scored 24 points to help the Irish (24-6) in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, ending the Orange’s run for a third straight championship. LSU 76, No. 22 Tennessee 67 (OT): Returning to the site of its victorious 2006 NCAA Tournament regional, the Tigers (17-14) rode Glen “Big Baby” Davis to an overtime victory over the Vols (22-10) in the first round of the SEC tournament in Atlanta. No. 23 BYU 77, TCU 64: Trent Plaisted scored 22 points and the Cougars (24-7) cruised in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas. No. 25 UNLV 80, Utah 54: Kevin Kruger, a fifth-year senior who transferred from Arizona State to play for his father this season, scored 21 points for the Runnin’ Rebels (26-6) in a quarterfinal win in the Mountain West Conference tournament. WOMEN Iowa St. 57, No. 13 Texas A&M 51: Heather Ezell and Alison Lacey scored 11 points apiece and the Cyclones (25-7) used a late run with its leading scorer on the bench to advance to the Big 12 championship game in Oklahoma City. No. 11 Oklahoma 78, No. 18 Baylor 64: Courtney Paris had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Sooners (25-4) held off a second-half rally by the Lady Bears (25-7) in a Big 12 Conference tournament women’s semifinal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Costner helped the 10th-seeded Wolfpack (16-14) accomplish that Thursday night, scoring a career-high 30 points and grabbing seven rebounds to help end No. 21 Duke’s reign as tourney champions 85-80 in overtime in Tampa, Fla. “As you all know, the rivalries are great on Tobacco Road, and nothing will make our fans and us happier than to beat Carolina and Duke,” Costner said. “To succeed in beating them this year is a great accomplishment.” Freshman Brandon Costner already knows what makes a disappointing season bearable at North Carolina State. Try beating North Carolina during the regular season, then knocking off Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.