Saudi Food and Drug Authority preparing e-system to track pharmaceuticals

Updated 04 June 2018
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Saudi Food and Drug Authority preparing e-system to track pharmaceuticals

  • A smartphone app will be launched to enable consumers to read the barcodes, ensure product safety, check prices and registration
  • The SFDA issued the order in the wake of a reported increase in the number of pharmaceutical products advertised on social media sites

JEDDAH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) is setting up an electronic system to track pharmaceuticals from production to consumption, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The aim is to track products’ distribution and ensure their availability and safety. The system will be supplied with data from barcodes on packaging. The SFDA is testing it in partnership with relevant authorities before the official launch.
After that, a smartphone app will be launched to enable consumers to read the barcodes, ensure product safety, check prices and registration details, read warnings, send comments and report side effects.
The initiative aims to tackle drug fraud, reduce the wasting of medicines, and pull a drug from the market if a warning is issued.
In April, the SFDA also ordered drug and pharmaceutical companies to refrain from advertising on social media platforms unless they have obtained a license to promote their products.
The SFDA issued the order in the wake of a reported increase in the number of pharmaceutical products advertised on social media sites.
In addition, the SFDA announced it would strictly apply penalties stipulated by the Pharmaceutical Firms Systems and Regulations if drug companies violate the decision.
Advertising material, including data and leaflets, should not propagate information that does not comply with the content and chemical properties of pharmaceutical and herbal products.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.