IN RECENT YEARS IN ARMENIA REGISTERED 43 NAMES OF FALSE MEDICINE- EXPERT

/ARKA/
November 29, 2011
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, November 29. /ARKA/. In the last ten years in the territory
of Armenia was registered 43 names of false medicine, said on Tuesday
Director of Scientific center of Expertise of medicine and medical
technologies Hakob Topchyan.

"In the last two years progress was registered in monitoring of
imported and domestic medicine, and in 2011 on case of false medicine
was detected. Imported and domestic crude drug is under control",
he said.

He said that crude drug is imported to Armenia mainly from China and
India as "European raw material" is rather expensive.

Almost all the medicine produced in Armenia except "Armenicum"
(drug for treating AIDS and other infectious diseases) are generic
(generic drug being reproduction of original drug).

Despite the fact that the Center is not obliged to control raw material
as it is the responsibility of the manufacturer, it is implementing
such a control.

"By the decree of Health Minister, we control raw material for not
having problems with the final product, and as many manufacturers
only equip their laboratories, the whole raw material is controlled
by the Center", said Topchyan.

The control is implemented on the border. There were cases when import
of raw material was prohibited due to irrelevance of the requirements.

He said that currently in Armenia 14 pharmaceutical companies are
operating, producing only 500 names of medicine, and the lion's
share goes to 4-5 manufacturers. In total, 4500 names of medicine
are registered in Armenia.