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.


King Salman welcomes Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Updated 48 min 5 sec ago
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King Salman welcomes Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

  • Sheikh Hasina shook hands with Saudi royals, top officials and military leaders during the reception ceremony

JEDDAH: Saudi King Salman has welcomed at his palace in Riyadh Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Her highness, also Bangladesh’s defense minister, shook hands with Saudi royals, top officials and military leaders during the reception ceremony.

King Salman also shook hands with Hasina’s accompanying delegation.

The king then hosted a luncheon in honor of the Bangladesh PM and her delegation.